Virtual Design Festival

Battersea Power Station undergoing redevelopment. ©Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

VDF x Zoomed In collaborate on a day of talks about architecture photography

VDF teamed up with architecture imagery festival Zoomed In to host a day of talks and screenings, starting with a discussion on photographing infrastructure with Anthony Coleman, Dennis Gilbert and Kilian O'Sullivan.

Zoomed In is a brand new virtual festival founded by Luke O'Donovan. On April 21 2020, VDF hosted the festival's inaugural day.

The first talk, Photographing Infrastructure, featured VIEW Pictures members Coleman, Gilbert and O'Sullivan. The talk was live streamed and has now finished. Check out the rest of VDF's Zoomed In collaboration here.

Battersea Power Station by Dennis Gilbert
Battersea Power Station undergoing redevelopment. Photo is by Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

VIEW Pictures, which was founded 20 years ago, holds the archives of 50 of the world's best-known architecture and interior design photographers.

Three of them, Coleman, Gilbert and O'Sullivan, presented a selection of images from their long-term commission documenting the redevelopment of London's iconic Battersea Power Station.

Plans previously unveiled for the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed power station's redevelopment include a glass lift inside one of its chimneys and a nearby hotel with a rooftop infinity pool.

A plywoode model at CERN shot by Alastair Philip Wiper
A full-scale plywood model of part of the ATLAS detector at CERN. Photo is by Alastair Philip Wiper/VIEW

After Coleman, Gilbert and O'Sullivan's presentation, the photographers were joined by National Infrastructure Commission Design Group member Anthony Dewar from Network Rail, and VIEW photographers Alastair Philip Wiper and Sue Barr for a conversation on photographing infrastructure.

Battersea Power Station chimneys by Dennis Gilbert
A view of Battersea Power Station's chimneys.  Photo is by Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

Wiper's work includes the book "Unintended Beauty", which documents the "accidental aesthetics" of factories and laboratories.

Barr is head of photography at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and author of the book "The Architecture of Transit."

About Zoomed In

Zoomed In is a new virtual design festival celebrating architecture and photography, founded by Luke O'Donovan. Running live from 21 April to 24 April, the festival brings together an international selection of architectural photographers and cross-disciplinary creatives in a series of online talks and discussions, short film screenings, image galleries and a charity print sale in aid of the Trussell Trust.

The programme will be curated by VIEW Pictures, Mass. Collective, Laura Mark and Francisco Ibañez with Luke O'Donovan.

About Virtual Design Festival

Virtual Design Festival, the world's first digital design festival, runs from 15 April to 30 June 2020. It is a platform that will bring the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

VDF will host a rolling programme of online talks, lectures, movies, product launches and more, complementing and supporting fairs and festivals around the world that have had to be postponed or cancelled and it will provide a platform for design businesses, so they can, in turn, support their supply chains.

To find out what's coming up at VDF, check out the schedule. For more information or to join the mailing list, email [email protected].