Phototecture of Modernism

Phototecture of Modernism

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July 20-21, October 19, 2018

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Workshop participants include architects, photographers, sociologists, artists, critics, and journalists. They will work on their own projects on the architecture of Soviet modernism in Lviv.


Architectural photography is one of the forms of a dialogue between the architect’s ideas, a photographer’s vision, and the viewer’s perception. The process of photographing, the same as its result, enables to understand the architectural environment in other way than when directly interacting with it.

The workshop will focus on the ways of telling stories about architecture and problematizing it through photography, and on technical peculiarities of this process.

The workshop will be focused on the legacy of architects Anatolij Konsulov and Muza Konsulova in Lviv. Their projects  are prominent samples of postwar architecture that remain understudied and underestimated until today. Drawings, sketches, and photos from the private archives of the couple of architects are currently digitalizing by an architect Kateryna Konsulova, as part of the Urban Media Archive project of the Center for Urban History, and will be available for participants of the workshop in order to trace the post-war architectural process in Lviv.

The workshop is an attempt to broaden the discussion on the significance of late modernism as heritage and as a living environment. The participants will work on their own projects and contribute  to actualization of the theme of modernist architecture of the second half of the 20th century in Lviv via photography.


The workshop includes 2 modules. Module One took place on July, 20-21, and Module Two is planned for October, 19, 2018. During the modules, participants will work together on the ideas of photo projects, have discussions and group presentations. In between the module blocks, they are expected to work individually in the city space. In October and in November, joint exhibition should be prepared by the  curators with  possible engagemnet of the participants. The workshop is also the first step towards cooperation with photographers as part of the "Lviv Interactive" project.

Participation requirements include attendance of the 2 modules, and work on an individual project in Lviv. Participation is free of charge.


Oleksiy Bykov

an architect and photographer. He graduated from the KNUCA (2008). He runs his own architectural practice. Oleksiy was one of the curators of the exhibitions “Superstucture” (2015) and “Market” (2017) dedicated to Soviet modernism in Ukraine. He used to work as a freelance journalist in an architectural magazine “Object.” He is a compiler of the book of Oleksandr Ranchukov “Above the Rooftops” (2016), author and presenter of his radio program “Author’s Supervision.” Today, along with Yevheniya Gubkina, they work on a book “Soviet Modernism, Brutalism, Post-Modernism Architecture in Ukraine,” and on an issue of the magazine “5.6” on contemporary Ukrainian architectural photography.

Natalia Mysak

an architect and researcher at the Center for Urban History. She graduated from the architectural design department at Lviv Polytechnics (2011), and had internships at TU Vienna (2013) and Malmö University (2015-2016). Her PhD research is focused on late modernist districts in Lviv and Malmö (2013-2017). She is engaged in research and design of public spaces in Lviv; since 2014 – as a part of the Group 109. In the art projects (“683 thousands square kilometers”, “Generic Lvivscape”, “City Ends in the South”, “Extension”) she interprets a visual practices and photography as tools to explore the space.

Olha Zarechnyuk

researches history of architecture; she edits the texts and the visual content of the “Lviv Interactive” project of the Center for Urban History; and does photography herself. She graduated from the Department of Restoration and Reconstruction of Architectural Complexes at the Lviv Polytechnic (2013). She has curated the photo exhibition “Secession in Masks” (2015) and of an interactive display “Modernism in Lviv” for the exhibition “Miasto, architektura, modernizm. Lwów 23 czerwca 1937” (Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw, 2016). In addition to documenting and researching architectural heritage, she is searching for ways to employ architectural photography in digital history projects.

For more details, please, contact Taras Nazaruk, coordinator of "Lviv Interactive," at [email protected]

Center for Urban History of east Central Europe