TRANSIT AND MONUMENT
On the occasion of the 180th anniversary of photography WestLicht travels back to the early days of the medium showcasing the work of pioneering German-French photographer Édouard Baldus (1813–1889) who is considered one of the first professional architectural photographers. The exhibition offers the rare opportunity to explore his extraordinary album Chemin de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée from 1863, which follows the railway line from Paris to the Mediterranean and which counts among the most important creations in photobook history. Touching on themes of travel and transportation, the project represents a recurring motif in the photographer’s oeuvre: the relation of landscape and construction. Baldus’s lucid style has occasionally been described as the birth of modern perception, the structure of his albums identified as a strategy anticipating subsequent serial concepts by the likes of August Sander or Bernd and Hilla Becher.