Exploring Photography: Constructing Worlds Exhibition at the Barbican

The latest expedition in our Exploring Photography series is a brand new exhibition at the Barbican, Constructing Worlds. The gallery brings together 18 exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day that have influenced the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us.

From the skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, this exhibition highlights the power of photography and reveals hidden truths in our society.

Featured photographers

Berenice Abbott is an American photographer best known for her black and white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s.


Dutch photography Iwan Baan is known for images in New York and Europe that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture.

Iwan Baan

Bernd and Hilla Becher is a German artist photographer of old industrial buildings in a manner related to industrial archaeology.

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Hélène Binet is of both Swiss and French background and has emerged as one of the leading architectural photographers in the world.

Helene Binet

American photographer Walker Evans is best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression.

Walker Evans

Luigi Ghirri was an Italian artist and photographer and a pioneer of contemporary photography, with particular reference to its relationship between fiction and reality.

Luigi Ghirri Constructing Worlds

German photographer Andreas Gursky is best known for his large-scale, colour photographs with an emphasizing effect on capitalism and globalisation on contemporary life.


Lucien Hervé from Hungary is one of the few photographers to combine humanistic philosophy and architectural thought.

Lucien Hervé Constructing Worlds

London photographer Nadav Kander is a world-renowned photographer, artist and director, recognised for his portraiture and landscape photography.

Nadav Kander Constructing Worlds

New York based Luisa Lambri travels the world photographing architectural interiors and has established herself for time exploring buildings before documenting them.

Luisa Lambri Constucting Worlds

Simon Norfolk is from Lagos, Nigeria, specialising in ‘Battlefields’ and how that term has expanded in meaning in recent wars.

Simon Norfolk Constructing Worlds

Dutch based Bas Princen, learnt his trade as an architect and is now a photographer interested in capturing the suspended state in which architecture “happens” in the territory.

BAS PRINCEN - Constructing Worlds

American painter and photographer Ed Ruscha came into prominence in the late 1950s, when he began making small collages similar to those of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.


Stephen Shore is an American photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects in the United States.

Stephen Shore Constructing Worlds

Julius Shulman was an American architectural photographer best known for his photography “Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, 1960. Pierre Koenig, Architect”.

julius-shulman Constructing Worlds

Bernd and Hilla Becher’s direct documentary images of the industrial landscape had a strong influence on German based Thomas Struth’s methodology.

Ferdinand-von-Schill-Strasse, Dessau 1991 1991 by Thomas Struth born 1954

Hiroshi Sugimoto is Japanese photographer investigates how visual representation interprets and distills history. He currently divides his time between Tokyo and New York City.

hiroshi sugimoto

Also includes the work of iconic architects
• Le Corbusier
• Frank Lloyd Wright
• Minoru Yamasaki
• Luis Barragán
• Aldo Rossi
• Pierre Koenig
• Charles and Ray Eames
• Daniel Libeskind

Constructing Worlds invites you on a globetrotting journey through 20th and 21st century architecture.

Event Details

Where: Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
When: 25th September – 11th January
Tickets: Standard: £12
Concessions: £10
Student rate: £8
13-17 yrs: £8
Art Fund members: £8
Under 12s: free

For more info on Constructing Worlds click here.