Architecture as a reflection of industrial society

Photographs by Julian van Grey

As part of the Görlitz photo festival “Schauplätze”, the exhibition is open to visitors from 10.09. – 01.11.20 in the gallery of the Fotomuseum, Löbauer Straße 7, Görlitz, Tue to Sun from 12:00-16:00.

Copyright Julian van Grey

Architecture as a reflection of industrial society

The exhibition conceived here focuses primarily on wear and tear and decay. These two aspects of culture are often linked to a form of romanticism and shift the focus to the user, the type of usage and its period. The question is not only about the possibilities of use, but also about the period, the circumstances, the decommissioning and the possibilities of an alternative use of past goods, as well as linking (their) past, present and future.

In contrast, in the case of new industrial goods the consideration begins in the present and is directed towards the future.
A further aspect is the critical examination of the cultural self-image of modern (post)industrial society. It is always worth both looking back and critically examining the present. Where do we stand? Where do we want to go? Which way should our path be?”


Leonard Freed once said the following: “Photography is not a job, it is a game. You will never grow up. If someone tells me that he has no money to buy films, I say: don’t eat, sleep on the floor. If you have to do it, do it. I don’t want to hear about the problems, I want to experience results”. That was impressive to me.