Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture

During the past fifty years, documentary photography and architecture have become increasingly interdependent, blurring the disciplinary boundary between the two. Seamless looks at the work of a new generation of European photographers and architects working together to produce images and architecture made from fragments of reality. At the same time, it investigates how shared digital technologies influence the creation of architecture and its photographic representation through images.

An essay based on a series of interviews, Seamless discusses the collaborations between Filip Dujardin and Jan De Vylder, Philipp Schaerer and Roger Boltshauser, and Bas Princen and OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen. Each of the three sections is illustrated with a series of images that form parallel narratives within the book. In the concluding essay, the threads of these conversations are pulled together in order to interrogate the impact of digital technology on the value assigned to both images and artifacts, how shared technological platforms enhance the influence photographers and architects have on each other, and why these two groups have often chosen to focus their collaboration on the dirty realism of urban spaces.

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Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture
Park Books (2016)
With a prologue by Juan Herreros
200 pages, 164 color and 7 b/w illustrations
17 x 24 cm
ISBN 978-3-03860-019-0

© Jesús Vassallo, 2020