Ruins, Photographs and Fragments

30—30 may 2011

A not-for-profit accompaniment to our regular exhibition programme, Daniel Blau lectures and film screenings provide a critical and intellectual framework with which to consider themes related to photography.


Monday 30th May, 7 – 9pm.

With presentations by Owen Hatherley and Douglas Murphy, followed by an open discussion.


The earliest monuments of modern architecture were constructed at the same time as modern photographic technology was developed. In a 19th century culture still largely defined by a romantic sensibility, the two media were both unabashedly forward looking but also still governed by nostalgia, historicism and a fraught relationship with ‘nature’.This talk will investigate the intersections between the two developing media around the middle of the 19th century through the examination of exhibitions and artefacts.

Owen Hatherley is a freelance writer on Political Aesthetics. He is the author of Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010) and the forthcoming Uncommon (Zero, 2011)

Douglas Murphy is a writer and architect based in London. He is the author of the forthcoming Architecture of Failure (Zero, 2011)