Anna Positano – Architecture photography

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A city is like a complex organism which constantly reinvents itself, destroys itself and rebuilds itself. 
Rotating cranes are mere indicators of this constant process of redesign.
For us inhabitants of these organisms, it is a creeping process which is difficult to grasp but which is omnipresent. It doesn’t matter whether we live in a large city or a small town.
The office- and shopping complexes which shoot from the ground are the most visible signs of this change in large cities. In towns, the signs are the quickly proliferating housing developments of the suburbs.

Witnesses of these changes are photographers, such as Anna Positano, which capture the process of the change in her images.
 In Skopje, she documents the politically motivated restructuring of the former architectural showcase city. In Addis Ababa she shows what it means if the inhabitant number of a city is going to double from 4 million to 8 million by 2025.

How do you develop your personal access to a city or landscape?

Usually I collect just a few information about a place so as not to be biased by a range of cultural stances. In the early stage, I wander around in search of what catches my eye and shoot some photographs; it is a fundamental practice of my work. During my walks, I may come across people. I ask them a lot of questions and possibly involve some in my work. In a second phase, I focus on research and find some informal guides to the city. Then I start building my photographic series.

Anna´s work about Skopje.

For me important aspects of architecture photography are structures, patterns and rhythm. What shapes your work?

I am fascinated by large spaces where I feel tiny. They define a double scenario: On the one hand, I can explore the architecture as a whole, on the other hand, I can focus on the details.

What are the main influences to your work?

All my projects find inspiration in the work of many photographers, musicians, philosophers, writers, contemporary artists, and directors. Among them I can mention Luigi Ghirri, Alec Soth, Franco Battiato and some Italian pop of the 1980s, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, Gilles Clément, James G. Ballard, Robert Smithson, Xavier Dolan, and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Could you please tell us something about your future plans?

I am testing video as a means to explore architecture. I try to find my approach within a large sea of languages. Besides that I am doing a lot of editing on my archive, which is full of projects that I have neglected so far.

You can see her impressive work on her website.

Here is a shot outtake from her Addis Adaba project.

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