We are olympians.

The Panathenaic Stadium, Athens – birthplace of the Olympic Games.

We do our own thing

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In his series ‘Before They Pass Away’ photographer Jimmy Nelson created these beautiful and powerful portraits of secluded tribes from around the world whose cultures are at risk of fading away.

We align

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Through the arches of the Balcombe viaduct. Extraordinary early 19th century architecture.

Photo taken in West Sussex, England, by skipnclick

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We work together

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Old photographs of lumberjacks posing in front of their cut down giant redwood trees during the timber-rush of the mid 19th century in Yosemite National Park and Humboldt County, California / photographs courtesy of Corbis and A.W. Ericson/Humboldt State University Library

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We sit infront of the fire

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Ancient City of Petra, Jordan by Candlelight, photographed by Andrew Waddington

 

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We balance

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Beautiful black and white photograph of the John Hancock Building during construction, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Chicago, IL, in 1970 / captured by famous modernist architecture photographer Ezra Stoller / photo courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

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We left the door open

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Photograph of the giant sliding hangar gates of Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, location of the Berlin Airlift of June 1948 / unknown photographer

 

 

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We make it work

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Fascinating monochrome black and white photograph taking during the construction of the Hoover Dam turbine 1931-1936, commissioned  by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the height of the Great Depression in the US.

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We need to get into shape

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‘al fared palace’ by Mohammed Assiri

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Rock hewn Qasr al-Farid tomb at Nabataean city.

On an arid plain in northern Saudi Arabia, the forlorn figure of Qasr al-Farid, “the Lonely Castle,” rises four stories tall not far from the center of the ancient Nabataean city of Hegra. Despite its fanciful modern name, Qasr al-Farid is a tomb, albeit an unfinished one, cut out of a sandstone outcrop sometime in the first century A.D. It is one of 93 such monumental tombs carved here during the heyday of the Nabataeans.

Beginning in the second century B.C., these Arabic-speaking nomads dominated the long-distance caravan trade that brought incense and aromatics from South Arabia to the Mediterranean, eventually growing wealthy and settling in a network of cities that featured Hellenistic architecture. Besides developing a writing system that eventually became the Arabic script, they are best known for their capital, Petra, in present-day Jordan, famous for the facades that adorn entrances to buildings hewn from solid rock. But there is much more to the legacy of the Nabataeans than Petra.

Here, at an oasis at the foot of the Hedjaz Mountains, in what is today the Saudi Arabian province of al-Madinah, Nabataean elites and commoners left traces of life far from the capital. Despite being the kingdom’s second city in terms of size, Hegra was a remote outpost of Nabataean culture and power. Founded sometime in the second century B.C., the city was almost 300 miles from Petra, on the southern fringe of the kingdom. Spread out over six square miles, Hegra (whose name means “rocky tract”) was composed of a residential core of mud-brick buildings surrounded by sandstone outcrops wwith four necropolises featuring the kind of rock-cut tombs made famous by Petra. But no one would mistake Hegra for Petra; the stark, open landscape is a sharp contrast to Petra’s canyons, and even the style of Qasr al-Farid’s facade—four carved pilasters with two on either side of its entrance, a departure from conventional Nabataean design—is a hint that things were different on the frontier. ( text: Eric A. Powell)

We are back on the road

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Vintage photograph of a large suspension bridge with one side open for a large stream of pedestrians crossing the bridge in Michigan, USA, 1973 / unknown photographer

 

 

We climb mountains

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Orava Castle, Slovakia / photographed by Grzegorz Formicki

We are making our way

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Photograph of narrow and deep canyon leading to the rock-carved rose-red city of Petra, full of mysterious charm, it was “designed to strike wonder into all who entered it”.

Photograph of a narrow canyon leading to the mystical Rose-Red City of Petra in Jordan / unknown photographer

We need new stuff

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The Smithsonian Institution houses and maintains the third largest bird collection in the world with over 640,000 specimens. / photographed by Chip Clark, found at tanta tralha

We are under de-construction

‘USS Macon (ZRS-5)- construction of a huge zeppelin carcass steel workers ladders gigantic construction architecture aerospace engineeringUSS Macon (ZRS-5) was an airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting. She served as a ”flying aircraft carrier”, launching Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk biplane fighters. In service for less than two years, in 1935 Macon was damaged in a storm and lost off California’s Big Sur coast.’

Photograph of the breathtaking USS Macon (ZRS-5) , an airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting / unknown photographer

We are a bit lost

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32, an exhibition documenting the work of modernist architects in the Soviet Union in the years following the 1917 revolution and the period of instability during the subsequent civil war. In little more than a decade, some of the most radical buildings of the twentieth century were completed by a small group of architects who developed a new architectural language in support of new social goals of communal life. Rarely published and virtually inaccessible until the collapse of the former Soviet Union, these important buildings have remained unknown and unappreciated. The buildings featured in the exhibition are located in a wide territory spanning the former Soviet Union that includes Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia, and are drawn from an archive of approximately 15,000 photographs taken by British photographer Richard Pare during extensive visits that began in 1992. Pare’s photographs offer the first contemporary documentation of these buildings, some still in use, others abandoned and decayed, and many under the threat of demolition.  Pare received two grants from the Graham Foundation in support of The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32.  Richard Pare was born in England in 1948 and studied photography and graphic design in Winchester and at Ravensbourne College of Art before moving to the United States in 1971. Pare graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1973. He was curator of the Seagram photography collection from 1974 until 1985 and was the founding curator for the photography collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture from its inception in 1974 until he became a consultant to the collection in 1989—a role he continues to fulfill. His works have been exhibited widely and he is represented in many of the major public collections of photography. His numerous seminal exhibitions and publications include Court House: A Photographic Document (1978), Photography and Architecture: 1839-1939 (1982), and Tadao Ando: The Colors of Light (1996), which received the AIA monograph award. Recent books include The Lost Vanguard: Architecture of the Russian Avant-garde, 1922-1932, published in 2007, and Building the Revolution, published in 2011. Pare is presently completing a new series of images on the works of Le Corbusier for the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, the first exhibition on the architect in Russia.  The Lost Vanguard exhibition originated at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized by Barry Bergdoll, with guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen. Selections from this body of work were first exhibited at the Ruina, an annex of the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture (MUAR) in Moscow. At the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA) in Thessaloniki, Greece the photographs were presented with works from the George Costakis collection and were later included in another series of exhibitions, Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture, 1915-1935, organized by MaryAnne Stevens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Building the Revolution traveled to La Caixa Forum in Madrid and Barcelona, the Royal Academy, and most recently to the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition in Chicago will be the first presentation of the work in the United States outside of New York.  RELATED PUBLICATION The Lost Vanguard: Russian Modernist Architecture, 1922-1932  A fully illustrated book published by The Monacelli Press includes contributions by Phyllis Lambert, Jean-Louis Cohen, and Richard Pare. The publication will be available for purchase in the Graham Foundation bookshop throughout the course of the exhibition

from the exhibition “The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-33”
photographs by Richard Pare

We take a trip

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From the Mid-Week Pictorial, this experimental “Zeppelin on wheels” (or Schienenzeppelin) arrived at a station in Hanover, Germany. It went into service in 1931 and that June set a railway speed record. Safety and reliability concerns prevented it from being mass-produced, however. It was dismantled in 1939. Photo: The New York Times

We are going out

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van Unger and Gladys Roy playing tennis on the wings of a flying airplane in 1927

Ivan Unger and Gladys Roy playing tennis

on the wings of a flying airplane in 1927

Cuddling Together

Photography showing dense medieval city fabric of old houses in Jerusalem, Israel

Dense city fabric of ancient Jerusalem. Photo by Daniel Giebeler