Fractured Visions: Urban and Architectural Representation in Keld Helmer-Petersen's Fragments of a City

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    In the post-war period a heterogeneous group of photographers articulate a new photographic approach to the city as motive in a photographic language that combines intense formalism with subjective vision. This paper analyses the photobook Fragments of a City published in 1960 by Danish photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen. The book is a pioneering example of this post-war tendency and yet it has not been analysed or presented academically before. In the paper I examine how the book forms a new mode of representation that balances between abstraction and realism and how this has an influence on both questions of representation and perception.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationINTER Photo Arch International Conference : Inter - Photography and Architecture. Intersections
    EditorsRuben A. Alcolea, Jorge Tárrago
    Number of pages10
    Place of Publication[Pamplona]
    PublisherPublicaciones Universidad de Navarra
    Publication date2 Nov 2016
    ISBN (Print)978-848081-521-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2016
    EventInter photo arch = Inter photo arch : congreso internacional : inter-fotografia y arquitectura 0 international conference : inter-photography and architecture - Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
    Duration: 2 Nov 20164 Nov 2016


    ConferenceInter photo arch = Inter photo arch
    LocationMuseo Universidad de Navarra
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