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Introduction and Editorial

Vol. 6 No. 1 (2021): Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations

A space of exploration, discussion and reflection towards new ideas on the use of photography




This 6th issue of Sophia Journal brought together a diverse group of researchers, architects, visual artists, and curators of international relevance, gathered on the International Conference Visual Spaces of Change: photographic documentation of environmental transformations, in an exercise of joint reflexivity about photographic documentation of environmental transformation from different perspectives and visual constructs. These international conferences embody an important stage during the process of the annual call and publication of each number of Sophia Journal. This means they enable an active dialogue between researchers, authors and the public, contributing to the identification of new avenues of research and artistic expression related to how photography can be explored as a meaningful instrument of inquiry about today ́s processes of urban change and architectural spaces. (...)


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  2. Han Byung-Chul, Alain Badiou and Erik Butler, The Agony of Eros (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2017).
  3. Han Byung-Chul and Erik Butler, In the Swarm: Digital Prospects (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2017).
  4. Han Byung-Chul, Undinge: Umbrüche der Lebenswelt (Berlin: Ullstein Verlag GmbH, 2021) as quoted in Gesine Borcherdt, “Byung-Chul Han: How Objects Lost their Magic”, translated from the German by Liam Tickner, Art Review, August 11, 2021,
  5. Hannah Arendt and Jerome Kohn. Thinking without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953-1975 (New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2018).
  6. Iñaki Bergera and Enrique Jerez, “Arquitectura expuesta. Tránsitos artísticos de la representación fotográfica de la arquitectura / Exhibited architecture. Artistic transitions on architectural photographic representation”, RA. Revista de Arquitectura, no. 21 (October 2019): 68-83, 228-234, ISSN: 1138-5596. ISSN-e: 2254-6332. DOI: https://doi. org/10.15581/014.21.68-83.
  7. Jesús Vassallo, Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (Zúrich: Park Books, 2016).
  8. Pedro Gadanho, “Architecture Photography: New Territories in the MoMA Collection” in scopio International Photography Magazine (scopio Editions, 2014); Paolo Rosselli and Pedro Gadanho, A Talk On Architecture In Photography (scopio Editions 2018).