In 1949, French architectural photographer Lucien Hervé travelled to Marseille to photographer Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation. After the trip, Hervé, who'd never met the iconic architect, sent him the collection of 650 photos he'd taken of the building. Corb's response: ask Hervé to be his official photographer.
Hervé would also go on to photograph the works of Alvar Aalto, Oscar Niemeyer, Marcel Breuer, and Richard Neutra, among a beyond impressive list of other French architects and engineers, as well as write for and edit architectural publications until his death in 2007. In 1955 and 1961, Hervé travelled with Corb to India to photograph the massive and unique projects developing in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh, and these photos are the subject of a new show at the Agnes B. Boutique Gallery in Manhattan (May 10-June30), which is what has prompted this post.
Hervé's skill at framing and composition is as breathtaking as Corb's work itself, and the match up between this great photographer and the Modern icon are truly mind blowing. See below some frames of Corb's work in India, followed by a couple other buildings (Ronchamp and the Unité), and soak up the awesome contrasts, abstractions, and juxtapositions between humanity and architecture. Yinz are welcome. And if you live in NYC, make your way down to Howard Street and see this exhibit.