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“I Spy Modernism” Docomomo US Architectural Photography Competition

May 28, 2020

Photography and the Modern Movement are inextricably linked. The work of architectural photographers such as Julius Shulman, Ezra Stoller, Pedro Guerrero and Berenice Abbott, to name just a few, played a critical role in the perception and promotion of modern architecture and design. Architects worked in close relationships with their preferred photographers to portray their work in the proper light, both literally and figuratively. Images created by photographers of the mid-20th century have forever shaped the way we view great works of modernism.

Docomomo US invites individuals to put their own photographic imprint on modern sites through the “I Spy Modernism” Architectural Photography Competition. Entries will be accepted from Tuesday May 19 through Wednesday July 1, 2020.

The subject matter must be a building, site, structure, or landscape of the Modern Movement. Depictions of sites from any location worldwide are allowed, but locations within the United States or on U.S. territory are encouraged. Ideally, sites will have originally been completed between 1940 and 1980, but submissions outside these parameters will be considered.

A cash award will be made to the top three entries. The winning entries will be featured on the Docomomo US website and will be used to create individual note cards that will be available for purchase through Docomomo US.

For information on rules and how to submit your photography, view the competition information page on the DOCOMOMO US website.

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Case Study House No. 22 (the Stahl House), photographed by Julius Shulman. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10. © J. Paul Getty Trust