Photography: A Visual Inventory, By John Pawson


The Yorkshire-born minimalist architect John Pawson has designed the clean lines of commercial buildings, airport lounges and even monasteries all around the world.

In A Visual Inventory, which is drawn from a vast personal archive of pictures and reference points that he's taken with his digital camera, he muses on real-world instances of the kind of forms and patterns that inspire him. Of the unknown structure in the Arizona desert he says: "I like the tension between the openness of the context and the series of contained spaces the grid draws in the dust. There is a suggestion of a story in the track looping off the main route – evidence, perhaps, that I am not alone in my curiosity."

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