Architectural photography benefited, with the new millennium, from an exponential prevalence in the relation between architects and society. The FG+SG office has taken on the challenges that stemmed from the increased importance given to architecture and is nowadays an internationally recognised and award-winning photographic practice.
The progressive affirmation of the photographer and architect Fernando Guerra has gone hand in hand with the recent architectural production and his photographic reportage, which has spread on a global scale and constitute a privileged perspective of contemporary architecture.
‘Fernando Guerra: A photography practice under X-ray’
July 11 – October 15, 2017
Garagem Sul, Centro Cultural de Belem
Praça do Império 1449-003 Lisboa
The FG+SG office is presented here as statistical mapping and archives, centred on a long table, where the extensive record of the ÚltimasReportagens archive is displayed, as well as the technical devices and production methods of this photographic practice.
In addition, multiple points of view will put the work of Fernando Guerra in context. That of the photographer, in the first place, that is presented in themed sections, with large immersive projections in the Garagem Sul.
First, a projection on the work of Álvaro Siza, of which the photographer has developed an important photography collection. Five projections focus on specific themes and technical areas: exterior, interior, night, territory, and detail. In addition, Fernando Guerra comments a series of relevant photographs of his career.
Then, the opinion of fifty architects and practices, from different parts of the world and generations, carried out by selecting diptychs of their own architectural works portrayed by the photographer. Lastly, the points of viewof five critics who creatively interpreted the ÚltimasReportagens archive.
Architects Jorge Figueira and Pedro Gadanho built narratives from images of his own work. Geographer Álvaro Domingues, and art critic David Santos, and architecture theorist Susana Ventura elaborated based on their research fields.
Four Porsches, diligently restored over the years by Guerra, are parked in Garagem Sul. The historical connections between architecture and cars are well known — renowned modern architects have made analogies between them, some have even designed new models. For Fernando Guerra, they essentially represent an ideal of beauty and perfection, simultaneously classic and modern.