Title
Photography and the spatial transformations of Ghent, 1840-1914 Photography and the spatial transformations of Ghent, 1840-1914
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Design Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Beverly Hills, Calif. ,
Subject
History
Source (journal)
Journal of urban history. - Beverly Hills, Calif., 1974, currens
Volume/pages
(2016) , p. 1-16
ISSN
0096-1442
1552-6771
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the photographic visualization of the Belgian city of Ghent is closely connected to its urban planning. On one hand, the city is transformed according to the logics of industrial modernization with its functional and spatial zoning. On the other hand, the citys historical heritage is rediscovered and many medieval buildings were preserved and restored. The planning history of Ghent is usually described in two stages: first, the Haussmannization of the city, the creation of boulevards and vistas according to the model of Brussels and Paris, and second, the return to regionalism and a picturesque sensibility during the preparation of the 1913 Worlds Fair. The photographic representation of the city seems to mirror this evolution, exchanging the image of the city as a series of isolated monuments for a more sensory and immersive experience. However, a close look at a broad range of images produced by both foreign and local photographers allows us to nuance this assumption. Particularly, the work of Edmond Sacré, who photographed Ghent over half a century, combines a topographical and a picturesque sensibility.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/06d398/131457.pdf
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/4a9dc2/131457.pdf
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