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The Open Hand: Le Corbusier's Chandigarh: A Photographic Essay by Yoshihiro Makino

The Open Hand: Le Corbusier's Chandigarh: A Photographic Essay by Yoshihiro Makino

The Open Hand: Le Corbusier's Chandigarh: A Photographic Essay by Yoshihiro Makino

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Le Corbusier. Yagi, Tamotsu
August Editions 2018
SKU: S01607

The modernist architect Le Corbusiers Capitol Complex at Chandigarh, India, remains one of the major touchstones of 20th-century architecture. Commissioned by the government of India after gaining independence, the complex of brutalist concrete structures has become a pilgrimage site for architecture lovers and scholars for the past six decades. These structures have been photographed many times, but the Japanese photographer Yoshihiro Makino takes a different approach. Instead of documenting the buildings in typical fashion, the photographs become meditations on the intentions of the project, and of Le Corbusiers architectural philosophy. Composed of two accordion-folded books in a cloth slipcase, Makino and revered art director Tamotu Yagi create a double-sided visual experience revealing on the front side of the accordion books an explosion of saturated color exteriors and interiors, then on the backsides details and rarely seen rooms in lush black & white. The combination is both refreshing and mesmerizing.Taking its name from Le Corbusiers monument for the cityThe Open Hand, which symbolizes a new cooperation of the newly formed governmentthis publication is a visual metaphor for the unfolding experience of the Chandigarh. Yoshihiro Makino, originally from Tokyo, is a photographer based in Los Angeles. He has photographed for many publications, including Architectural Digest, Casa Brutus, and Elle Dcor Japan. A limited edition of 800.

CL/ 92 pp

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