Tadao Ando, The Colours of Light Hardcover – 18 Sep 2000
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The Colours of Light is a beautiful, compact, dense little book that showcases English photographer Richard Pare's stunning takes on the respected, influential Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Pare photographed Ando's work over a 10-year period and, with remarkable consistency, has realised the intricacies of Ando's constructed confrontations between architecture and nature. Pare translates this dialogue with great skill in his photographs and easily manages to convey (convert?) the conversations about space, the absence/presence dialectic, that all buildings declaim. Pare, in his overview essay at the end of the book, says: "Space itself is immovable. It has no movement, though all movement is in space. All space is actually static, and potentially dynamic. We conceive space statically, but we experience it dynamically. The space that is rendered in a photograph is a static space of potential movement". His photographs bear out, but overcome, this tension. Tom Heneghan's introduction wonders if Pare's career as a "photographer of architecture rather than an architectural photographer" have enabled him to so keenly grasp the nature of Ando's work. Whatever the reason this is a remarkable collection. --Mark Thwaite
'Exquisitely photographed by Richard Pare, the details of Mr Ando's houses, office buildings, meditation spaces and churches haunt the retina.' (The New York Times)
'An outstanding presentation of arguably the most significant body of work of the last 20 years.' (Architects' Journal)
'This beguiling and vivacious book allows you to tune into Ando's work right away. In this book, every page raises your level of consciousness and I cannot say how much pleasure it gave.' (Architectural Review)
'This book is a superb example of a monograph that is more than simply a catalog of buildings. Richard Pare's photographs beautifully capture the abstraction, the sublime simplicity, the materiality, and the quality of time (lines) in Ando's work. The jury found this book simply irrestible.' (Jury of the American Institute of Architects)See all Product Description
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Ando may be a genius but i find his work dull compared to herzog & de meuron, UN Studio, Mercanooo, BIG, Jun Aoki for LVMH, kengo Kuma ..
wish someone or Ando actually described how he got his cement to be silky smooth..
But Richard PARE & the editior is the REAL star of this book. Made Ando's work more magical than it is..