Exploring the work of 18 leading photographers who have sought to challenge our perceptions of the built world.

Key moments from the 20th and 21st century are seen through architecture; the birth of the skyscraper in New York, the rapid urbanisation in China, the devastating effects of the war on Afghanistan. These images not only document the built landscape, but reveal the wider social contexts that have necessitated its transformation.

Concentrating on the work of 18 leading photographers from the last 80 years, the exhibition begins in 1935 with Berenice Abbott, who captured New York's transformation into a modern metropolis. From there, it journeys through affluent California in the 1940s, India's independence in the 50s, the decline of industrial Europe in the 60s and 70s and culminates in an exploration of the contemporary urban experience. Featured artists include Lucien Hervé, Ed Ruscha, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Guy Tillim, among others.

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