If you've taken the time to appreciate Brutalism in its hard and overbearing photographic forms, then it's likely that you've encountered the work of Wayne Thom. Canadian by proxy but originally born in Shanghai, China, the chronicler of Brutalism and late-Modernism is the subject of "Matter, Light, and Form," an exhibition at Woodbury University’s WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles.
After graduating from the Brook Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1968, the eager photographer found himself at an opportune stage where Modernism was taking new forms. Big, sculptural shapes with more sophisticated technology were being demonstrated by the likes of William Pereira, John Portman, Gio Ponti, and I.M. Pei, who all hired him to take pictures of their work because they knew it would be flattering.
Thom also never altered any of his pieces, refusing to use Photoshop, and relied on natural lighting for any of his photographs. Stories of him leaving vacation to depict certain sites in a perfect light, and requesting construction workers to cease work so that he could take pictures are just some of the instances that characterized his work ethic.
Read more about this exhibition at WIRED.
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