Photography plays an increasingly important role in shaping contemporary architectural culture. Its ability to contain and express ideas is enhanced by the digital circulation of images that has grown exponentially in recent decades. The photographic medium allows not only to interpret the imaginary of the built environment, but also adds to the representation of landscape the possibility of being read as the result of a complex and intricate cultural system.
Since 2015, the course Photography & Landscape, directed by Pablo Gerson together with Fernando Schapochnik (and since 2021 also together with Florencia Corna Hayes) at the School of Architecture and Urban Studies of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, focuses its work on the city of Buenos Aires. By generating series of images and operating precisely on the interpellation of its urban landscape, the objective is always set on the search for clues that consolidate an idea of the specific identity of the city.
This is not a photography workshop, it is instead a laboratory that investigates the visual purification of the urban landscape image. It seeks to emphasize homogeneity and de-dramatization of territorial representation, producing an aligned visual archive that as a whole manages to reconstruct the idea of territory through archival serialization and repetition. It seeks to incorporate photography as a tool of thought, training a look adjusted to the analysis and representation of the disciplinary field and its areas.
It is in this line in which we seek to develop the course, investigating the classic photographic techniques but applied to digital technologies. This profoundly alters the systems of thought and disciplinary production, developing a more acute, intentional and critical look.
This photographic research is added to the generation of an archive that surpasses each isolated academic experience, generating an editorial compilation that seeks to serialize, represent, and reinterpret the devices and spaces in which urban life in Buenos Aires unfolds.