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Alan Ward & Craig Kuhner Release New Book on Indiana Architecture

The State of Indiana—known for its agriculture and auto racing—is not necessarily celebrated for its architectural legacy.

However, that may change with the release of the upcoming book American Residential Architecture: Photographs of the Evolution of Indiana Houses. Sasaki principal, landscape architect, and renowned landscape photographer Alan Ward, and internationally known architectural photographer and Professor Emeritus Craig Kuhner, collaborated over the course of the 1970’s capturing the incredibly diverse eras of architecture built in Indiana from 1800 to 1975 and have compiled their works for publication.

Both Ward and Kuhner were teaching in architecture at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in the 1970’s and photographed houses over a six-year period, from 1972-1978, at the prompting of Charles M. Sappenfield FAIA, then Dean of the School of Architecture at Ball State, who saw value in documenting architecturally significant houses across the state.

“This was my first venture into serious architectural photography; and I learned so much from Craig Kuhner, as well as intuitively, about photography—principles that have stayed with me for decades,” says Ward.

“Photographing these houses developed my eye for architectural photography and my expertise working with a 4×5 view camera with a very limited number of film holders which required carefully choosing each view—and adding some light when needed—although our lighting equipment was very primitive.” adds Kuhner.

The new publication, available this fall, highlights numerous residential architectural styles of Indiana that span almost 200 years—from Federal to Gothic Revival, Romanesque to Prairie Style and Art Deco to Late Modern—celebrating each period’s distinctive architectural massing and design features, as well as interiors. Ward and Kuhner capture the essence of Indiana homes in incredible detail through black and white photography using large-format view cameras. The original negatives from the 1970’s were scanned and processed digitally. The results transport the viewer to the site, and set the buildings within timeless surrounding landscapes.

The book will be released worldwide in October 2018, by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers.

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