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Projective Picasso

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posted on 2019-07-30, 00:00 authored by Zehra Ahmed
Taken at the site of Picasso's iconic sculpture in Daley Plaza, this image was part of a study titled from Dawn to Dusk for my architectural photography elective. Although Picasso never made known his intentions when gifting his sculpture to the City of Chicago, the work continued in Picasso's proud Cubist tradition of three-dimensional fragmentation and reassembly of form that was unconstrained by a single perspective. In my study, I used triptychs to capture sections of the sculpture in morning, afternoon and evening light. As the day progressed, my focus during the photo shoot shifted from the sculpture's geometric volumes silhouetted against the morning sky, to one-point perspectives that captured structural details in the afternoon, to this image at dusk which uses the voids and permeable sections of the sculpture to frame the context behind the sculpture. In this sense the photograph is a Cubist approach to a Cubist sculpture.


This exhibit competition is organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College and the University Library.


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Architecture; Finalist; Copyright 2013, Zehra Ahmed. Used with permission. For more information, contact the Graduate College at gradcoll@uic.edu



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