3+2: Durbach Block Jaggers
Andrew Cowen and Julia Charles
3+2 is a ‘double album’: two books in one sleeve. It features two bodies of photography looking at the work of one of Australia’s most respected and awarded architectural practices – Durbach Block Jaggers. The two photographers are neither known for, nor particularly interested in, the conventions of architectural photography. This makes their photographic voice, and this book, distinct from the architectural mainstream.
For this publication, each photographer worked with the architects, alongside the award winning-designer Mark Gowing and editor Andrew Mackenzie, to refine a portrait of images over a period of several years.
3 features the photography of Andrew Cowen, as he explores three projects located along the Sydney coast, including North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, Holman House and Tamarama House. 2 features the photography of Julia Charles, as she explores two projects located in the intensely urban environment of central Sydney. While the respective coastal and urban locations of each book inflect the photographic response, their locations are not overplayed. The projects are not reducible to their location or site.
Neither body of photography attempts to ‘tell the story’ of each building, in the conventional form of elevations, entry sequence and room-by-room wide-angle photography. Instead, the reader is taken on a journey of distinct forms, carved light, lustrous surfaces and deep shadows. Relieved of their duty to illustrate, photography instead goes some way to embody the experience of the architecture portrayed.