About the Book
Cool, expressive, bold,, complex, simple, exciting, bizarre, alluring all describe characteristics of buildings I've seen over the past two years, Travel around the United States and Spain have allowed me to see and experience many of the places I had only seen in books and magazines such as: Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Marques de Riscal Winery Hotel in Elciego, Spain and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Santiago Calatrava's truly wild City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and Olympics Tower in Barcelona and much of Antoni Gaudi's awe inspiring work in Barcelona. Not to be missed as well, is the background and context for these modern marvels: the cityscapes of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and many cities across Spain. These are just a few of the thousands of pictures that filled my camera files.
Jonathan Pearlman began taking pictures with a Kodak Instamatic 124 with flashcubes in 1967. A serious attention to photography began with the purchase of a Canon FTB single-lens reflex in 1974. He soon set up a darkroom at home and learned the in's and out's of developer, stopbath and fixer. Wandering through seedy areas of New York City, he tried to emulate the black and white photos of David Plowden in his book, The Hand of Man on America. A stint as the photo editor of his college newspaper led to a three-year engagement as an architectural photographer for Margaret Henderson Floyd, a leading New England historian. While studying architecture, he made a modest living photographing buildings in Boston, Austin and in Italy. Digital photography has made taking pictures a commodity, but Jonathan still looks for the composition and detail that makes photography worthwhile and satisfying. He is a practicing architect in San Francisco, California.