In 2002, photographer Nicholas Alan Cope was taking a trip across the country from Maryland to Los Angeles, the city he documents in his new book Whitewash. His photo’s are one of stark geometric architecture rendered in black and white, a far cry from the colorful Hollywood glitz the city so often tries to project.
By harnessing the bright, Southern California sun, Cope is able to capture the brightest whites and the darkest blacks, often with little gray in between. The result is a collection of urban landscapes that look more like Cubist paintings than Modernist architecture. His camera breaks down these buildings into their most basic forms, disrupting what first comes to mind when you think of a “building.”
It is remarkable to see how Nicholas Alan Cope can show the world things that already exist in a completely different perspective. I am inspired and curious about his method. His way of photographing fits perfectly with the prints of Andrea Gallo, it shows that beauty can also be in the base and it brings us back to the time of Bauhaus and De Stijl in which material and shape were the most important.