Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism

September 14, 2012|
Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism by Adele Weder
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The stark beauty of an iconic architectural movement is captured in this rare collection of stunning images.

As an emerging photographer in the 1950s and '60s, Selwyn Pullan played an important role in popularizing the new style of West Coast modernist architecture.

His photographs capturing Vancouver's rapidly changing urban landscape appeared regularly in magazines and architectural journals, and helped tout the bold, dramatic architectural ideas thriving on the West Coast. Pullan became known for his ability to contextualize the work of architects through unique composition and tonal range.

He photographed projects for B.C.'s leading architects of the era, including Ron Thom, Fred Hollingsworth, C.E Pratt, Arthur Erickson and Barry Downs. Today, as Vancouver's architectural landscape changes again, his photographs are all that remain of many of these projects, now demolished or altered beyond recognition. His archive forms a crucial record of a definitive architectural movement. Selwyn Pullan is the first full-length book dedicated to his compelling photographs. An extensive retrospective with beautifully reproduced images, this book's illuminating texts also put the artist in historical and cultural context.

Adele Weder is an architectural writer, curator and cultural journalist whose work has been published in design journals and anthologies across North America. She lives in Vancouver and Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Kiriko Watanabe is the assistant curator at the West Vancouver Museum and co-curated an exhibition of Selwyn Pullan&#x...
Title:Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism
Product dimensions:160 pages, 11 X 10 X 0.81 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 11 X 10 X 0.81 in
Published:September 14, 2012
Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781553659471

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