I Spy Modernism Architectural Photography Competition



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Photography and the Modern Movement are inextricably linked. The work of architectural photographers such as Julius Shulman, Ezra Stoller, Pedro Guerrero and Berenice Abbott, to name just a few, played a critical role in the perception and promotion of modern architecture and design. Architects worked in close relationships with their preferred photographers to portray their work in the proper light, both literally and figuratively. The iconic images created by photographers of the mid-20th century have forever shaped the way we view great works of modernism.

Through the I Spy Modernism Architectural Photography Competition, Docomomo US invites individuals to put their own photographic imprint on modern sites. Entries will be accepted from Tuesday May 19, 2020 to Wednesday July 1, 2020 Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.

The subject matter must be a building, site, structure, or landscape of the Modern Movement. Depictions of sites from any location worldwide are allowed, but locations within the United States or on U.S. territory are encouraged. Ideally, sites will have originally been completed between 1940 and 1980, but submissions outside these parameters will be considered.

A cash award will be made to the top three entries. The winning entries will be featured on the Docomomo US website and will be used to create individual note cards that will be available for purchase through Docomomo US.

The I Spy Modernism Architectural Photography Competition will be reviewed by an internal jury of Docomomo US leadership with assistance by Matthew Carbone, a NYC-based architectural photographer and long-standing Docomomo US friend. Additional jury members will be announced.

All entries must be received by July 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.