Iwao Yamawaki
Untitled (Modernist architecture) 1930–2

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Iwao Yamawaki 1898–1987
Untitled (Modernist architecture)
Date 1930–2
Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions Support & image: 114 x 84 mm
mount: 405 x 305 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2010

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Born in Fujita, Nagasaki, Iwao Yamawaki studied architecture at the Tokyo School of Arts and after graduating worked as an architect in a construction company. During this time, he took pictures with his 35mm camera to support and document his architectural studies. In 1931 he travelled to Germany to study at the Bauhaus in Dessau and became heavily influenced by László Moholy-Nagy’s idea that photography could open up new ways of seeing the world beyond those available to the human eye. Yamawaki travelled widely in Europe and the Soviet Union, documenting modernist architecture and design, as well as capturing student life at the Bauhaus.

November 2015

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