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Lucia Moholy and the image of architecture

Building on Bauhaus


Monday 7 October 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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Lucia Moholy, Bauhaus Building Dessau, 1925-6.

Bauhaus-archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.

Join Hélène Binet, Mary Duggan and Robin Schuldenfrei for a conversation about the impact of architectural photography and whether photos taken 100 years ago at the Bauhaus by Lucia Moholy can still teach us valuable lessons.

The first event in our series celebrating the women of the Bauhaus will invite a panel to reflect on the iconic architectural photography of Lucia Moholy and on the changing relationship between architecture and photography today.

For Moholy, photographs were an essential medium for understanding and documenting the Bauhaus school. She reveals to us the careful materiality and obsession with new construction methods and theories about living that came to characterise – wrongly or not – Modernist buildings.

After a 15-minute introduction to her photography, the panellists will draw together themes from both the historical photography and contemporary practice, exploring how a proliferating image culture impacts our experience and understanding of architecture.


Hélène Binet is an architectural photographer working only in film whose clients have included Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, Zaha Hadid RA, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, Peter Zumthor and many others.

Mary Duggan is an architect and the founder of Mary Duggan Architects, a practice with a firm focus on materiality and attention to detail. Their carefully curated use of imagery speaks to their desire to create architecture that speaks to the spirit of a place and deeply engages with the needs of its users.

Robin Schuldenfrei is the Katja and Nicolai Tangen Lecturer in 20th-century Modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art and is the author of several scholarly articles on Lucia Moholy, as well as most recently Luxury and Modernism, published in 2018 by Princeton University Press.

Hana Nihill (chair) is the architecture programme assistant at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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Monday 7 October 2019

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£15, £9