F R Yerbury: Representing Modern Architecture

Series: AA Collections Talk
Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014 : 18.30
Speaker: Andrew Higgott


F R Yerbury was the Secretary of the AA early in the 20th century and was effective, along with Principal Howard Robertson, in creating the professional School that continues to this day. But he had in parallel a second career as an architectural photographer - during the 1920s and early 30s he travelled extensively throughout Europe, photographing whatever was new. Working in this founding period of Modernism, his work was published in a series of books and over 150 articles, and was influential in introducing much modern architecture to the English-speaking world. Yerbury was an untrained but instinctive photographer, and created powerful architectural images: this lecture will discuss how his project of recording new building transcended the documentary, and gives us insight into the architectural issues and debates of the period.

The AA Photo Library possesses the archive of his photographs and an exhibition of some of Yerbury’s best work will be on show in the Photo Library Gallery at the time of the lecture.

Andrew Higgott taught architectural history and theory at the AA from 1989 to 2002, and at the University of East London and elsewhere; earlier he was the AA’s photograph librarian. His publications include Mediating Modernism: architectural cultures in Britain (2007) and Camera Constructs: photography architecture and the modern city (2012).  

Free event. AA Members and general public all welcome.
No RSVP required

Following the talk a drinks reception will be held in the AA Photo Library Corridor, 37 Bedford Square

Image: Le Corbusier’s Villa Stein de Monzie, Garches: photographed by Yerbury 1929

Chasing Ice

Series: Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date: Thursday 11 December 2014 : 19.00
Speaker: Film Screening


AA Membership & AA Photo Library present a screening of 2012 documentary Chasing Ice on 11 December in the AA Cinema.

Following National Geographic photographer James Bolag as he travels the arctic circle , the films unique cinematography captures in stark clarity how climate change is affecting the planet.

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, the films many awards include an Academy Award nomination, Emmy award for Outstanding Nature Programming and Sundance Film Festival award for Excellence in Cinematography.

The event is free, but booking is essential.  Complimentary mulled wine and minced pies will be served to warm up guests on the night as well.

Any questions please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk


In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.



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