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Photographer unknown, Construction of the Viaur Viaduct near Aveyron, France, 1899–1902, cyanotype, 8 3⁄4 × 11 1⁄4". From “Destruction and Transformation: Vernacular Photography and the Built Environment.”

“Destruction and Transformation: Vernacular Photography and the Built Environment”

The Walther Collection Project Space

The fourth in a series of five consecutive exhibits at the Walther Collection’s New York project space titled “Imagining Everyday Life: Aspects of Vernacular Photography,” the show “Destruction and Transformation” makes demolishing structures and erecting newer ones look utterly routine. The images on view, taken mostly by commercial photographers from the past century who witnessed the altering of urban and rural landscapes alike for commerce and transportation, stand in contrast to the portraiture—ranging from mug shots to lost family keepsakes—that populated the previous three exhibits. This theme of industry prompts reflection about the Walther’s motivation in displaying photographs not necessarily intended for gallery walls.

Seven cyanotype prints—with their faint-blue reaction to sunlight—greet viewers to the exhibit. The suite tells the story of a bridge built piece by piece in 1895

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