Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably one of the most famous, controversial, and enigmatic of all American architects. He created some of the most unique and inspiring buildings of the 20th century while creating a cult of personality around himself the likes of which have never been seen since in the field of architecture. He was known as a showman, an egotistical taskmaster, and yes, a genius. His approach to architecture changed throughout his life and in his seventies, he hit his stride with a kind of second career designing many of the buildings we have come to know him for today such as “Fallingwater” in Pennsylvania and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Wright coined the term Organic Architecture to describe his philosophy which seeks to achieve a certain harmony between human habitation and the natural world by taking into account aspects of a buildings surroundings so that the design becomes part of a unified and interrelated composition. The buildings designs sometimes break the rules of balance and symmetry. It is this method of creating buildings that helped to make Wright’s designs intriguing and interesting from a visual standpoint.
In 1953, Wright was interviewed on the television program The Today Show by Hugh Downes. In the interview, as a part of his explanation of Organic Architecture, Wright demonstrated several architectural concepts by simply using his hands. Wrights official photographer at the time, Pedro Guerrero, asked Wright to recreate the hand gestures in his studio which eventually became known as “The Hand Series.” Watching my five year old son and his friends, I observed that many of the approaches that Wright promoted were concepts that are basic to how children approach construction when they have not had any formal training in design (e.g. symmetry and proportion) and this gave me the idea to photograph children in place of Wright recreating his demonstration of Organic Architecture.
Paul Giguere is a photographer based in the United States. His current focus is on social documentary photographic projects that show the positive aspects of the human condition while helping others tell their stories through words and pictures. Born in 1966 in the former mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts (USA) and now a resident of Arlington, Massachusetts, Paul’s love of photography began when he received his first camera (a Kodak Instamatic) when he was eight years old to document his family and himself. Today, Paul uses his camera to explore his emotions, thoughts, and ideas that reflect his relationship to his family, his community, and the larger society.
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