Michael Awad

Canadian, born 1966

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Michael Awad

Canadian, born 1966

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Scanning urban topographies, Michael Awad, an architecture and urban design professor, has built his name on a long series of strata-like composites that picture a place, or the recurrence of a thing, like an archaeologist might lay out his findings—layer upon layer. In order to create these images, Awad uses custom-built photographic equipment, and applies techniques adapted from military aerial reconnaissance photography. The resulting ribbons read like film reels that unfurl images in sequence, with disruptions in focus, vantage point, and cropping to suggest changes in perspective and subjectivity.

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Scanning urban topographies, Michael Awad, an architecture and urban design professor, has built his name on a long series of strata-like composites that picture a place, or the recurrence of a thing, like an archaeologist might lay out his findings—layer upon layer. In order to create these images, Awad uses custom-built photographic equipment, and applies techniques adapted from military aerial reconnaissance photography. The resulting ribbons read like film reels that unfurl images in sequence, with disruptions in focus, vantage point, and cropping to suggest changes in perspective and subjectivity.

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