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Integral Lens exploring the material sublime Pygmalion Karatzas


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Integral Lens


exploring the material sublime by Pygmalion Karatzas a project awarded by the Fulbright Foundation Greece with the Artist Scholarship 2015-2016, and sponsored by the University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design

Pygmalion Karatzas

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content 1_serial vision 2_nortigo II 3_boomeritis II 4_simulacra 5_future memories II 6_empire state of mind II 7_aqal views II


Integral Lens is a visual journey of contemporary architecture and cityscapes from the United States taken during the 5-month visit between October 2015 and March 2016. The project was awarded by the Fulbright Foundation Greece with the Artist Scholarship and sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Volume two and three continues on the same spirit as the previous collection, displaying the work done in thematic series, from streetscapes and structural details to intimate urban areas and man-altered landscapes; from architectural profiles to urban waterscapes and cityscape vistas. Representational and expressionist approaches are combined to illustrate a wider spectrum of architectural photography. Artistic series continue the long exposure and abstract themes, while editorial selections present exemplary contemporary design projects. The integral perspective pays homage to the major past and present genres of the field, from the early realists and pictorialists to the postmodernists and editorialists. Put together, they highlight four broader functions of the historic relationship between architecture and photography: - documenting and portraying the built environment and the urban condition, - making architecture with photography, - producing architectural critique and contributing to urban discourse, - establishing an expressive dialogue with the contemporary urban landscape and aspiring to something greater. May you, in viewing this visual journey, share the enjoyment of discovery and aspiration. Pygmalion Karatzas Architect, Photographer M.Sc. Urban Design Selianitika Greece, November 2016

1_serial vision In the ‘Serial Vision’ series streetscapes are combined with architectural landmarks. The black and white high contrast rendering and the candid moments are a reference to the classic street photography genre. Street photography is associated with the joy of simply walking around the city, observing closely the interaction between people and their surroundings, and creating a dynamic balance of the elements by way of framing and composition.

1_serial vision

Pygmalion Karatzas French Quarter, Dancers, New Orleans Denver

Cloud Gate, Chicago

National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Denver Art Museum

Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver

Platte River Trail, Denver

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

West Concourse, PATH Station, New York

Broncos Parade, Civic Center Plaza, Denver

Waterfront trail, New Orleans

High Line Park, New York

EMP Museum, Seattle

MOMA extension, San Francisco

Zen Garden, Boston Fine Arts Museum

B Cellars Winery, Napa Valley

2_nortigo II ‘Nortigo II’ series continues the collection of new compositions by looking straight up towards the ceiling, atrium or sky, from the visited contemporary architectural subjects and urban landmarks. The progression from indoor to outdoor spaces supplements the introvert/extrovert design polarity, while the pairing of classical buildings with modern, postmodern and cosmogenic architecture allows for comparative viewing experiences.

Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle

Brookfield, New York

West Concourse, PATH Station, New York

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver

Public Library, Seattle

Stata Center, MIT Cambridge

California Science Center, Los Angeles

Morgan Library, New York

Thompson Center, Chicago

Downtown Miami, Florida

Space Needle, Seattle Center

West 57th Street, New York

Midtown Manhattan, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

3_boomeritis II ‘Boomeritis II’ series continues the stand-alone portraits of structures with the long exposure shooting technique using a 10-stop neutral density filter as well as regular shots treated in a similar manner. Details of skyscrapers and public buildings, frontal views of iconic architecture and urban scenes, captured and presented in a way that highlights the formalistic aspects of design, while the blurring of time is intended to give them a timeless feel.

World Trade Center, Boston

Chase Tower, Chicago

Marine City Towers, Chicago

EMP Museum, Seattle

Mechanics Monument Plaza, San Francisco

Ray and Maria Stata Center MIT, Cambridge

Ray and Maria Stata Center MIT, Cambridge

City Hall, Boston

Rainier Tower, Seattle

Pan American Arena, Miami

Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara

Inter Active Corp, New York

Stata Center, MIT Cambridge

Mansueto Library, Chicago

EMP Museum, Seattle

Bloomingdale Traill, Chicago

Lake Point Tower, Chicago

4_simulacra ‘Simulacra’ is a new addition to the series, featuring interior and exterior spaces of art exhibitions and installations from American museums and galleries. As Jonathan Raban points out in the ‘Soft City’ “it seems to me that living in a city is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relation between men and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living”. Going all the way back to Plato, we have this representational view of art: the painting of a bed is a mimesis of a bed from the real world, which is itself a copy of the “Ideal Form” of a bed. Later theorists would upgrade this Platonic conception by maintaining that the true artist is actually copying the Ideal Form directly, seen with the mind’s eye, and thus is performing a perfectionistic artistry. By the late 19th century though, the term got an inferior association, characterising something without the substance or qualities of the original. In our contemporary culture we find two revisions: on the one hand the postmodern one which argues that the copy becomes truth in its own right (the hyperreal of Jean Baudrillard) or Gilles Deleuze’s challenge of the privileged position of the ideal and the replacement with systems of no prior identity; and on the other hand, the holistic and organic-tech approaches which revisit mimesis as a way to reconnect with Gaia, discover and explore the complex interconnections and ultimately move towards a sustainable stewardship.

Dancers, Denver Monterey Bay Aquarium

California Academy of Science, San Francisco

Lakefront Kiosk, Chicago

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver

Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Architecture Biennial, Chicago Culture Center

Monterey Aquarium, Monterey Bay

California Academy of Science, San Francisco

EMP Museum, Seattle

Contemporary Art Museum, Chicago

Fine Arts Museum, Boston

Fine Arts Museum, Boston

Art Institute, Chicago

MIT Chapel, Cambridge

De Young Museum, San Francisco

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

5_future memories II ‘Future memories II’ builds on the previous series with a more detail editorial presentation of the contemporary architectural projects visited. A sample from the 80 projects visited and documented from the 12 cities, is meant to provide an inspiring and striking glimpse of the latest achievement in design and construction from the American continent, with a tireless dedication to architectural photography high standards, in service of the profession’s dissemination and cultural asset value.

McCormick Tribune Campus, Chicago

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Mansueto Library, Chicago

Community Rowing Boathouse, Boston

Fulton Center, New York

McMurtry Building, Stanford

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, New York

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver

New World Symphony Hall, Miami Beach

Hunters Point Park, New York

West Concourse PATH Station, New York

Fine Arts Museum, Boston

Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle

National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Public Library, Seattle

JFK Library & Museum, Boston

McCormick Campus Center, Chicago

Art Institute, Chicago

James Clark Center, Stanford

6_empire state of mind II ‘Empire state of mind II’ series continues on the same scale and tone set out with the first collection. Experiencing the vastness of the American landscape and cityscapes, I am reminded of Rem Koolhaas ‘Bigness’: “Beyond a certain scale, architecture acquires the properties of Bigness. The best reason to broach Bigness is the one given by climbers of Mount Everest: “because it is there.” Bigness is ultimate architecture.” The coupling of urban with rural locations reflects the dominant dichotomy of contemporary living, while the 2x1 pano format follows the panoramic feeling of the open vistas.

Lo Presti Park, Boston

Pacific Grove, Monterey Bay, California

Chicago Skyline

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Fort Point, Boston

Fort Chicago Point,skyline Boston

Pacific Grove, Monterey Bay

Miami Beach, Florida

Big Sur, West Coast, California

International Foundation, Seattle Center

Morro Bay, West Coast, California

7_aqal views II ‘AQAL Views’ concludes this collection in a similar manner as the first series did. Blurred waterscapes and moving skies meet building silhouettes and auxiliary structures in a merging dance between the perpetual and the ephemeral. As the shutter takes more time to let light in the sensor, so the photographer takes more time to get absorbed by the scene, and invites the viewer to have a similar unifying visual experience. Having lived most of my life near the water, a deep connection with this element has been formed. Scenes that combine landscapes with waterscapes are dear to my heart in a primal level, which also explains my attraction to the minimalist long exposure imagery of photographers like Michael Kenna, early David Burdeny, and the plethora of other artists that comprise this expanding sub-genre. Arriving in places, the new and unfamiliar instinctively is counterbalanced by the familiarity of the waterfront.

Pygmalion Karatzas Malibu Beach, California

Hudson River, New York

Riverwalk Esplanade, Chicago

Old North Bridge, Fort Point, Boston

McArthur Causeway, Miami

Edgewater, Seattle Harbor

Long Island Piers, Hunter’s Point, New York

MIT Boathouse pier, Boston

Lovejoy Wharf, Boston

Marine Police Station, Boston

Holland Tunnel, New York

Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

Wind River, Tennessee

Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Boston

Aquatic Pier, San Francisco

Lower Manhattan, New York

acknowledgements I am grateful to the people at Fulbright Foundation Greece for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime: Artemis Zenetou, Els Siakos Hanappe, Christina Paraskeuopoulou. Their continuous guidance during the whole process was pivotal for the successful completion of this demanding and complex project. I am thankful to Sidsel Hartlev from the Danish Architecture Center, May East from the Global Ecovillage Network and Yiorgis Yerolymbos for their supportive recommendations during the application process. Lily Banning and Rachel Koepsel at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the Institute of International Education for their liaison with the American Institutions and administrative processes. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the people who’s warm hospitality made this trip possible. Without their loving support I wouldn’t have been able to cover as much ground as I did, nor get a closer impression for the visited places. Mark DeKay and Susanne Bennett in Knoxville provided the perfect welcoming environment to start and end this journey. Their introspective spirits coupled with caring guidance were, and continue to be, instrumental. It is inspirational seeing them both as individuals and as a couple to exemplify the integral spirit in their work and lives. Maria Rogersen in New York gave me a “first-row sit” to East Village and Manhattan and introduced me to interesting and unique fellow artists. Experiencing the city’s vibe with a local professional who has such a positive and sociable energy was truly a gift. Miranda Loud in Boston, being a fellow artist and highly conscientious spirit, shared her studio collective and non-profit organisation experience for problem-solving, fundraising, and maintaining our vocation within the daily struggles. I felt like family with Stella and Petros Petridis in Chicago. A tough city can be better lived with grace and grit. Such qualities are definitely embodied when witnessed in the lineage of three generations, and their presence lifted my spirits as well. I am indebted to my dear cousins Natalie Naimi-Yazdi and Tom Wypych in Los Angeles. In the midst of their demanding work schedules, they always had time to answer my endless logistical questions; their tips for adjusting in California made me anxious at first but ultimately were the reason I had a smooth journey without any troublesome incidents. Aside the practical matters, they are both a wealth of a range of intelligences, from business and technology to multicultural perspectives and a variety of skilful means beyond their years. I especially enjoyed my time in San Francisco with Elizabeth Naimi-Yazdi and Ehsan Rezvan.

From the serene Monterey Bay and the majestic Pebble Beach to the intoxicating Napa Valley; from the historic Hillsborough in San Mateo to the prestigious Stanford campus and the picturesque Sausalito in Marin county; the Bay Area is full of a calm dynamism, just like Elizabeth and Ehsan themselves. Andrew Samaras is a gentle force and a pillar of the Greek-American community in Denver and I am privileged to experience the mile-high city with his hospitality and network of friends. One of the many gifts of Andrew’s social fabric, was to meet with prof. Kimon Valanavis at the University of Denver and get a taste of the pioneering work done by the ph.d. candidates on unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes; another was to meet with local architect James Nordlie. Part of the trip was to meet with colleagues and other related professionals for interviews, discussions and photo-walks. A warm thank you for their time, feedback and support to: Dean Scott Poole, Director Jason Young, professors Hansjörg Göritz and Diane Fox at the College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville; John Kosmopoulos, Michael Massaia, Erica Stoller, Jade Doskow, Alex Grey, Elena Kapompasopoulou, Julie Grahame, Andrew Prokos in New York; Thibault Roland, Alexa Mills, Kyle Sturgeon, John Deitering from Anmahian Winton Architects in Boston; Angie McMonigal and prof. Lisa Norton in Chicago; Juergen Nogai and the Julius Shulman Institute in Los Angeles; Nathan Wirth, Mohsen Ghoreishi, and Tim Griffith in San Francisco; prof. Steve Badanes and Michael Kenna in Seattle; prof. Kimon Valavanis, Ken Wilber, James Nordlie, Don Symanski, Konstantinos Kanistras in Denver; Dennis Ramos and Sandra Canning in Miami; Ruahh Adya and Elaine Langley in Nashville; Liz Walker in Ithaca; and curator Pedro Gadanho. I would also like to acknowledge Vassilios Bartzokas and Anthi Rozi from Archisearch, Sissy Nikolaidi from Artnouveau, Designboom, Lynne Bryant, Tim Mitchell and Nicola Charalambous from Arcaid Images, Pepi Spiliotopoulou from Filodimos, Venkat Prakash from 121clicks, Robert Martin from Arcspace, for their publications. Last but not least, I am deeply appreciative for the friendship of Christos Maragopoulos, Panos and Magdalini Bazos; Nikos Skartsilas for helping with the photographic gear; and for the generosity of my family Yiannis Karatzas, Georgia Spyroulia, Giorgos Karatzas, and Caterina Georgiopoulou.

September 11 Museum New York

publications Divisare, ‘Red Rock Visitor Center Las Vegas’, November 2016. https://divisare.com/projects/330350-line-and-space-pygmalion-karatzasred-rock-canyon-visitor-center

121clicks.com, 'Integral Lens series' feature: http://121clicks.com/photo-stories/integral-lens-photo-series-bypygmalion-karatzas

Divisare, ‘Contemporary Jewish Museum’, November 2016. https://divisare.com/projects/330647-daniel-libeskind-pygmalion-karatzascontemporary-jewish-museum

Filodimos.gr, 'Integral Lens' feature: http://www.filodimos.gr/index.php/all-issues/-modid130-group1-/ 2011-05-02-21-47-06-sp-238397459/65692-ο-αιγιώτης-πυγμαλίωνκαρατζάς-και-ο-"ολιστικός-φακός"-του%2C-προσεγγίζουν-μοναδικάτην-αρχιτεκτονική-φωτογραφία

Divisare, ‘Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’, November 2016. https://divisare.com/projects/330354-diller-scofidio-renfro-pygmalionkaratzas-institute-of-contemporary-art Divisare, ‘McMurtry Building Stanford Campus’, November 2016. https://divisare.com/projects/330936-diller-scofidio-renfro-pygmalionkaratzas-mcmurtry-building-for-the-department-of-art-art-history The Greek Foundation, 'Aperspectival', October 2016. http://www.thegreekfoundation.com/photography/aperspectival-pygmalionkaratzas Arcspace.com, 'Empire State of Mind', October 2016. http://www.arcspace.com/the-camera/empire-state-of-mind/

Archisearch.gr, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York: http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2280/this-is-the-ground-zerophotographed-by-pygmalion-karatzas.htm Archisearch.gr, Mansueto Library, Chicago: http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2234/pygmalion-karatzas-captures-themansueto-library-in-the-university-of-chicago.htm Artnouneau.com.gr, Cities and Memory #5, part II - Californication. http://www.artnouveau.com.gr/photo-gallery/californication-by-pygmalionkaratzas/

Archisearch.gr, 'Oceanic - Urban Waterscapes', July 2016. http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2449/oceanic---urban-waterscapes-byphotographer-pygmalion-karatzas.htm

Archisearch.gr, Chicago Architecture Biennial: h t t p : / / w w w. a r c h i s e a r c h . g r / a r t i c l e / 2 11 7 / t h e - s t a t e - o f - t h e - a r t - o f architecture---chicago-architecture-biennal---photography-by-pygmalionkarat.htm

Lensculture.com, 'Boomeritis' series on editors choice, architecture category, June 2016. https://www.lensculture.com/explore?category_id=6

Designboom.com, Urban Waterscapes from New York and Boston: http://www.designboom.com/art/pygmalion-karatzas-photographicjourney-ny-boston-01-03-2016/

Archisearch.gr, 'New World Center Symphony Hall by Frank Gehry', June 2016. http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2382/pygmalion-karatzas-photographedthe-new-world-center-in-miami-by-frank-gehry.htm

Designboom.com, Community Rowing Boathouse Boston: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/pygmalion-karatzas-communityrowing-boathouse-boston-ma-12-25-2015/

Designboom.com, Boomeritis series feature, May 2016. http://www.designboom.com/art/pygmalion-karatzas-boomeritisarchitectural-photography-05-07-2016/ Archisearch.gr, Nortigo series feature, May 2016. http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2340/pygmalion-karatzas'-nortigophotography-series-looks-upwards.htm Behance.net, Boomeritis series feature, April 2016. https://www.behance.net/gallery/32058439/Boomeritis

Artnouneau.com.gr, Cities and Memory #5. http://www.artnouveau.com.gr/photo-gallery/cities-and-memory-5-bypygmalion-karatzas/ Archisearch.gr, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center. http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2069/brooklyn-botanic-garden-visitorcenter---photography-by-pygmalion-karatzas.htm Archisearch.gr, Whitney Museum of American Art. http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2056/the-new-building-of-whitneymuseum-ny---renzo-piano---photography-by-pygmalion-karatzas.htm Designboom.com, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center. http://www.designboom.com/architecture/pygmalion-karatzasphotography-journey-11-26-2015/







features & interviews Michael Massaia http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2062/pygmalion-karatzaspresents-the-integral-lens-series--michael-massaia-.htm John Kosmopoulos http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2088/pygmalion-karatzaspresents-the-integral-lens-series--john-kosmopoulos.htm Angie McMonigal http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2103/pygmalion-karatzaspresents-the-integral-lens-series--angie-mcmonigal.htm Fabrice Silly http://www.arcspace.com/the-camera/fabrice-silly/ Thibault Roland http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2149/pygmalion-karatzaspresents-the-integral-lens-series--thibault-roland.htm Edward Burtynsky http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2204/pygmalion-karatzaspresents-the-integral-lens-series--edward-burtynsky-(photos--videos).htm Rui Palha http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2414/pygmalion-karatzaspresents-the-integral-lens-series-#6--rui-palha.htm Dennis Ramos http://www.archisearch.gr/article/2465/pygmalion-karatzaspresents-the-integral-lens-series-#7--dennis-ramos.htm Ezra Stoller & ESTO Photographics http://www.arcspace.com/the-camera/ezra-stoller--estophotographics/ Hedrich Blessing Photographers h t t p : / / w w w. a r c s p a c e . c o m / t h e - c a m e r a / h e d r i c h - b l e s s i n g photographers/ Philip Gunkel http://www.arcspace.com/the-camera/philip-gunkel/

about Pygmalion Karatzas was born in Greece in 1973. He studied architecture in Budapest, urban design in Edinburgh, and Ecovillage Design Education in Findhorn. He worked as a freelance architect since 1999, designing more than 20 projects in the Achaia region. A self-taught photographer, since 2012 being involved systematically with artistic and commercial architectural photography, focusing on architectural portfolios, business rebranding, construction yearbooks, editorial. Distinctions include international competitions Architizer A+ 2014, Sony World Photography Organisation 2014, International Photography Awards 2014, 2015 & 2016, Spider Black & White Awards 2014 & 2016, PX3 Paris Photography Prize 2016. His images are being featured regularly in numerous publications in Greece and abroad. His three collections 'Morphogenesis' are available through blurb.com. Exhibitions include 'Eye See the Story' in Thessaloniki Greece, 'Points of View' in Rome Italy, 'Misty Landscapes' in Athens Greece, 'The Margin - Panhellenic Architecture Exhibition' in Patra Greece, 'KTIRIO Magazine - 30 Years of Greek Architecture' in Thessaloniki Greece. Selected among the 'Grand & Prestigious photographers featured with 121clicks' for 2013 and 2014, and among the 2015 Best Pictures of the Year by Interior Design Magazine.    Recent projects include the coverage of the Expo Milano 2015 pavilions, Barlas Architects, Valia Foufa & Panagiotis Papassotiriou 'Villa Melana', Anmahian Winton Architects 'Community Rowing Boathouse', the 'Mimoa Architecture Guide - Doha’, R.C. Tech Architecture Construction & Technology. In 2015 he was awarded the Fulbright Artist Scholarship for a five-month architectural photography project in twelve cities in the U.S. sponsored by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design.    He collaborates with the Danish Architecture Center as photo editor of arcspace.com, a contributing photographer on Arcaid Images London and iStock Getty Images, and a member of the Association of European Journalists. His on-going research is towards an integral approach to architecture, sustainability and art. Based in Aigion, travels in Greece and abroad for his personal projects and assignments.

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Integral Lens vol.2  

A visual journey of contemporary architecture and cityscapes from the United States sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation Greece with the 20...

Integral Lens vol.2  

A visual journey of contemporary architecture and cityscapes from the United States sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation Greece with the 20...


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