Luminous Cities

Eugène ATGET
Coin de la rue Valette et Pantheon, 5e arrondissement, matinee de mars #6534 (1925); 1978 {printed}
from the Art in old Paris series 1898-1927
albumen silver photograph
17.8 x 23.7 cm (image) 24.8 x 29.4 cm (sheet)
ed. 36/100
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1980
PH144-1980

The great cities of the world are vibrant creative centres in which the built environment is often as inspirational as the activities of its citizens, and, since the nineteenth century photographers have creatively explored the idea of the city.

This exhibition, drawn from the collection of the NGV, considers various ways in which photographers in the 19th and 20th centuries have viewed cities as historical sites, bustling modern metropolises and architectural utopias.  These lyrical images describe the physical attributes of cities, offer insights into the creative imaginations of architects and photographers and embody the zeitgeist of their times. 


22 Oct 201013 Mar 2011 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Photography, Level 3, NGVI
Photography, Level 3, NGVI


Luminous Cities Publication

Luminous Cities; Photographs of the built environment

Susan van Wyk

Publication Year 2010
RRP $14.95

Excerpts from the Luminous Cities: Photographs of the built environment publication.