“Site Unseen” explores the observation and documentation of architecture through photography

The Melbourne Center for Contemporary Photography invites us to “Site Unseen”, an exhibition on the different ways of seeing and documenting architecture

‘Site Unseen’ is an exhibition that questions our view of architecture. What if, instead of photographing architecture as an object, we looked at it as a subject, asks Tom Ross, himself a photographer, who curated the new exhibition currently open at the Center for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Melbourne. Part of the city’s Open House Melbourne program (July 30-31, 2022), the exhibition brings together the work of a mix of global architectural photographers who together explore different ways of seeing, experiencing and documenting the architecture through the photographic lens.

The exhibits are extremely varied, created by artists such as Rory Gardiner, John Gollings, Coco and Maximilian, Erieta Attali, Annika Kafcaloudis, Mengzhu Jiang, Veeral Patel, Gavin Green, Morgan Hickinbotham, Brooke Holm, Ben Hosking, Pier Carthew, Shannon McGrath, Tom Ross, Ying Ang and Rohan Hutchinson. “At a time when the representation of architecture is reduced to images of persuasion, this exhibition serves as a reminder of the heartfelt exchange between people and the built environment,” says Ross.

‘Invisible Site’ at CCP Melbourne

Installation view of ‘Site Unseen’. Photography: Tom Ross

Bringing together the diversity of treatments, subjects, a range of emotions, as well as working methods, the exhibition fascinates with its richness and unexpected views of our built environment, exploring familiar buildings (such as the Australian Islamic Center in Newport by Glenn Murcutt & Elevli Plus) in a new light. At the same time, seemingly anonymous corners of our urban universe come to life and are celebrated, staged through the eyes of photographers.

“Experienced largely on a subconscious level, architecture can contribute to moments of harmony and moments of friction in our daily lives. This exhibition calls for a moment of pause, to examine the built environment and our interaction with him through the lens “of this incredibly talented cohort of photographers,” says CCP’s new director, Daniel Boetker-Smith.

‘Site Unseen’ will be open until the end of July, in all four galleries at CCP Melbourne. All works are available for purchase. §


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