new york: le corbusier in india

© lucien hervé - mill owner’s association building, ahmedabad [1955] by architect le corbusier

lucien hervé [1910-2007] was a french photographer of hungarian origin who taught himself the tricks of the trade and began working with the maverick architect le corbusier in 1949. becoming more or less le corbusier's 'official' photographer, hervé documented his work and until the architects's death in 1965. le corbusier once said to hervé: 'not only your remarkable vision of my work makes it more complete, but you have the soul of an architect and know how to look at architecture'. the two collaborated for 16 years, resulting in thousands of photographs of various projects. opening on fri - may 10 [6pm-8pm] at the agnès b. galerie boutique in soho is an interesting exhibition of photographs that were taken during two trips - one in 1955 and one in 1961 - to the newly founded city of chandigarh in india where le corbusier had several major projects at the time.

while documenting one of the most spectacular new cities of the 20th century, hervé also observed the ongoing construction sites for which he developed a more humanistic approach. the show at the agnès b. galerie boutique explores both this humanistic vision as well as the architectural dimension. favoring high and side angle views and a deliberate affinity for abstraction and the use of stark blacks and whites marks of hervé’s very photography style. the photographer is also known for his sharp sense of framing and formal elegance, and these qualities have resulted in one of the major photographic œuvres of the 20th century. location: 50 howard street [soho].

© lucien hervé - high court of justice, chandigarh [1955] by architect le corbusier and portrait of hervé and le corbusier [1955]