by Gigi Chung
"Brutalist Symphony" is an ongoing series of photographic captures of William Pereira's brutalist architecture. Brutalism has often been associated with cold and unwelcoming facades. This series of images seek to emphasize the contrast in light and shadows, just like the dynamics in a symphony, harmonizing with the surrounding environment.
They are all by William Pereira, a mid-century architect also famous for the TransAmerica Building in San Francisco. The series were taken at University of California at Irvine and San Diego.
Brutalism originated from a french phrase "beton brut" which means raw concrete. It was often used in the design of institutional buildings and was viewed as cold and inhumane. William Pereira put a spin in his brutalist design with curves and stylistic layers while maintaining the recurring modular themes.
Gigi Chung is a San Francisco-based fine-art photographer who mainly works in medium-format digital photography. She has come to focus on architectural abstracts with a minimalistic approach. She finds the juxtaposition of light, shadows and lines in architecture fascinating. This continues to inspire her for new ideas. Her art work has been exhibited in multiple galleries and museums in Athens, Chania, Cormons, Glasgow, Greenville, Portland, Minneapolis, Taipei, Trieste, Tokyo, San Francisco and Vermont. Some of Chung’s recent accolades include being selected as Kyotographie KG Plus 2020 featured artist, “Inspired With Hasselblad” featured artist, Cityscape Series Winner in the 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Architecture Series Winner in the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Golden Design Award, Top 50 Designers And The Most Popular Design in Photography and Photo Manipulation Category in Novum Design Awards.
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