The colours of light

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Phaidon, 1996 - Architecture - 263 pages
This book represents a landmark in architectural publishing. An exquisite work of art in its own right, it is the result of ten years' collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the world-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Pare's images break with previous conventions of architectural representation; he is interested in distilling the 'essence' of Tadao Ando's buildings rather than producing literal portraits. Working without the aid of artificial effects he captures as directly as possible the colour and atmosphere of Ando's spaces. The photographic portfolio and Ando's own sketches are complemented by an introductory essay by Tom Heneghan, an English architect who has worked closely with Ando, and an appendix which documents the projects with photographs and line drawings.

The serenity and beauty of the photographs are matched by the quality of the book itself, which uses the latest techniques of colour reproduction, four special paper stocks, six-colour printing and eight fold-outs. This is a very special book which -- like Ando's architecture -- represents the highest state of the art.

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This book is as much about the photography than the architecture. Richard Pare is a UK photographer with a deep insight into Ando's work. His photograph's pick up on Ando's penchant for the abstract and turn minimalist concrete structures into images of beauty. Read full review

The colours of light

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Dramatically understated and immaculately detailed, Ando's architecture interweaves concrete and glass as primary materials and stone, wood, and steel as secondary materials, resulting in Zen ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

Richard Pare is Curator of Photographs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.