The Open Hand - Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh

The Open Hand - Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh

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A Photographic Essay by Yoshihiro Makino

Art Direction / Editing by Tamotsu Yagi

The modernist architect Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex at Chandigarh, India, remains one of the major touchstones of 20th-century architecture. Commissioned by the government of India after gaining independence, the complex of brutalist concrete structures has become a pilgrimage site for architecture lovers and scholars for the past six decades.

These structures have been photographed many times, but the Japanese photographer Yoshihiro Makino takes a different approach. Instead of documenting the buildings in typical fashion, the photographs become meditations on the intentions of the project, and of Le Corbusier’s architectural philosophy.

Composed of two accordion-folded books in a cloth slipcase, Makino and revered art director Tamotu Yagi create a double-sided visual experience revealing on the front side of the accordion books an explosion of saturated color exteriors and interiors, then on the backsides details and rarely seen rooms in lush black & white. The combination is both refreshing and mesmerizing.

Publisher: AUGUST EDITIONS
2 hardcover acccordion-fold books in a clothbound slipcase
7.25 x 10” (216 x 286 mm)
92 pages
90 color illustrations
Release date: December 2018

Published in a limited edition of 800 copies
Signed by Yoshihiro Makino & Tamotsu Yagi

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