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Habitat 67 by James Brittain

Exhibit Run: April 29 2018 - July 31 2018

The photographs presented here are part of an ongoing photographic project at Habitat 67, the experimental housing project in Montreal, Canada, designed by architect Moshe Safdie for the 1967 World Exposition.

I’ve been thinking about layers and traces of life left on architecture over time. I’ve also been considering the way Habitat 67 itself has aged, how it’s used, inhabited and experienced, and how public and private space at the complex has been occupied and adapted by residents.
On a wider note, the photographs are a response to the daily dose of digital imagery of architecture on social media and the web. Mainstream photography of architecture has largely withdrawn from communicating the experience of buildings and spaces, and specific moments spent in places. The line between digital render and photograph has also become increasingly blurred.
Photography has always been central to our understanding of and engagement with architecture. Is it still possible to photograph the places where we live and work, the spaces around us, thoughtfully and usefully?
And if so, how do we do that?


About James Brittain

James Brittain is an international photographer based in Montreal whose work focuses on architecture and the built environment. He studied history of art at the University of Leeds in the UK, before going on to study photography at the London College of Printing in London, from where he graduated with distinction. Brittain has spent the past 16 years working on commissions in the field of architecture. He uses his commissioned work to support his own photographic practice, exploring ideas around human experience of the built environment. His work is regularly published in books, magazines and the international press. He also gives talks and writes about contemporary photography and architecture. He has been exhibited at the Architectural Association in London, UK, and at the School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal.