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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2016/2017
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Hanninen Andolina Petri Giovanni
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento
Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1136) ARCHITETTURA***AZZZZ050426 - PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ARCHITECTURE

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

Objectives of the course

The course aims at the investigation of photography as a means of knowledge of the different aspects of urban reality.

For a long time photography has been considered as an important instrument for the documentation and the analysis of the city, considered both in its architectural morphology as in its social composition, use of urban spaces and integration of different contexts.
The contemporary man is daily struck by a huge amount of images. Despite this, or perhaps just because of this reason, the critical analysis of a photographic picture is still a difficult issue. The course aims to offer an education to the image by creating skills of interpretation, representation and understanding in order to re-evaluate the use of photographic images in the study of the city under its various architectural, social, historical and other different aspects.


The course will zero in on the complex connection between reality and its transcription. Nowadays photography is considered to be the most suitable, and certainly the most widespread instrument as to the documentation of reality. And yet the gap between reality and its representation is very often overlooked or taken for granted.
The very concept of photographic document will become object of reflection. As regards rendering meant as a virtual image of a place it does not exist yet. The role of the photographer as an interpreter of the world around him will be examined closely.
 Moreover the urban space in flux and the often difficult relationship between human and Architecture will be considered matter of investigation.
We will also come to assess the value of human presence within architectural photography in a backward journey starting exactly from rendering, in which the human presence is placed in representational purposes ,



During a part of the course we will go over some essential historical photographic movements which have analyzed the use of the technique of studying the reality since the beginning of the 21st century until today, from the Neue Sachlichkeit one and documentary photography up to the use of the rendering. In particular we will focus on the analysis of the works of some significant authors. Through a historical analysis of different study cases first, then through exercises on the field, we will build a visual approach together in order to interpret and transcribe the reality in which we live.

We will give the foundation of the photographic technique through practical individual or teamwork exercises.
The photo editing, as a narrative modality through images, will play an essential role. We will also present the use of new media, such as google street view, as a starting point for a route of exploration and analysis of urban land.

For the production of the images assigned as exercises during the course and as the final project the use of a camera with the possibility of manual mode equipped with a lens covering the wide-angle focal lengths (24mm - 28mm equivalent) is required.


Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione


Attending students:

Attending students, in addition to the themes covered during the classes, must prepare the final examination on 2 books chosen from bibliography. Both texts can be also part of the same list. (E.g. two books from list B).

Book selection must be done according to a coherent and personal thematic path.

Attending students will also develop a photography project according to the guidelines given during the course. Project reviews will be provided and the final essay will be evaluated during the exam.


Non-attending students:

Non-attending students examination consists of an oral part based on 3 books chosen from bibliography and a photographic essay.

One text must be chosen from List A and one text from List B. Third book can be chosen from list B or can be one of your choice out of the list. Book selection must be done according to a coherent and personal thematic path. Most of the books of the two lists are also in other languages: English, French and Spanish.

Non-attending students must produce an individual photography project concerning an architectural / urban space theme to be presented during the examination in a PDF layout (printed or digital) by 10/15 images with a coherent title and a short 200 word text.

The project will be only evaluated during the exam with no previous reviews.


The bibliography will be updated with english texts before the beginning of the course.


List A:

OLIVIER LUGON, Lo stile documentario in fotografia. Da August Sander a

Walker Evans 1920-1945, Editore: Electa, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN:


ADRIAN SCHULZ, Architectural Photography: Composition, Capture and

Digital Image Processing, Editore: Rocky Nook, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN:



List B:

GABRIELE BASILICO, Leggere le fotografie, Editore: Rizzoli, Anno edizione:

2012, ISBN: 17056908XX

FSA, New Deal Photography - USA 1935 -1943, TASCHEN, 2016, ISBN 978 3 8365 4070 4

ITALO CALVINO, Invisible Cities, Editore: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Anno

edizione: 1978, ISBN: 978-0156453806

GILLES CLEMENT, Manifesto del terzo paesaggio, Editore: Quodlibet, Anno

edizione: 2005, ISBN: 8874620489

WALKER EVANS, American Photographs, Editore: The Museum of Modern

Art, New York, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN: 9780870708450

BRICOCOLI, SAVOLDI, Milano Downtown. Azione pubblica e luoghi

dell'abitare, Editore: Et. Al./EDIZIONI, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN:


WEIZMAN, Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation, Editore: Verso,

Anno edizione: 2007, ISBN: 9781844671250

ALONA PARDO, Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the

Modern Age, Editore: Prestel Pub, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 9783791381152

PETER C. BUNNELL, Inside the Photograph: Writings on Twentieth-century

Photography, Editore: Aperture, Anno edizione: 2006, ISBN: 9781597110211

ROBERTA VALTORTA, Fotografia e Committenza Pubblica. Esperienze

Storiche e Contemporanee, Editore: Lupetti, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN:


GAGLIARDI, La misura dello spazio. Fotografia e architettura: conversazioni

con i protagonisti, Editore: Contrasto, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN:


SERGIO GIUSTI, la Caverna Chiara. Fotografia e campo dell'immaginario ai

tempi della tecnologia digitale, Editore: Lupetti, Anno edizione: 2005, ISBN:


LUIGI GHIRRI, Lezioni di fotografia, Editore: Quodlibet, Anno edizione: 2010,

ISBN: 9788874623129

CHARLOTTE COTTON, La fotografia come arte contemporanea, Editore:
Einaudi, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 9788806203726 (also available in english)








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