Maria Romakina
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design


This paper focuses on the topic that is somehow a crossroad between two fields: photography and architectural morphogenesis. The particular interest of the article is contemporary photographic tendency to explore the kaleidoscopic technique and aesthetics in relation to the architectural objects and urban environment. Paradoxically these are the photographers who investigate this special type of morphogenesis of architectural form. However some of them are architects originally. Giving attention to the historical and evolutional aspects of the kaleidoscopic image in 19th century and kaleidoscopic photographic practices of American artist Alvin Langdon Coburn and his followers in 20th and 21th centuries the paper aims to analyze the potential of photography in developing the architectural form by examples of projects of Mattia Mognetti, Borbála Sütő-Nagy, Cory Stevens, Stéphane Laniray, Panos Papanagiotou, Andrey Chegin, Mohammad Domiri and those photographers who were inspired by camera work from the movie “Inception” – Ben Thomas, Kazuhiko Kawahara, Simon Gardiner, Nickolas Kennedy Sitton.

kaleidoscope, architecture, abstraction, hybrid structure, photography, vortograph, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Maurits Cornelis Escher, the movie “inception”



SAJ Vol. 7, 2015, No. 2