EXHIBIT TOUR | The Architectural Photography of Gordon Schenck

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EXHIBIT TOUR | The Architectural Photography of Gordon Schenck

January 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibit Tour

NC State College of Design Associate Professor Russell Flinchum, PhD leads a special tour of the exhibition An Engineer’s Eye: The Architectural Photography of Gordon Schenck.

Parking on Hillsborough Street is free on Saturdays. Please enter the library from the campus side of the building.

No tickets are necessary for the free, public tour, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register

For special needs, please contact Molly Renda at mrenda@ncsu.edu

In 1963, after thirteen years in the engineering division of the Southern Railway, NC State alumnus, Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. (General Engineering, 1950), made a radical change in his career. He bought a Linhof 4×5 view camera, studied Julius Shulman’s recently published Photographing Architecture and Interiors, and attended an Ansel Adams workshop with his wife, Rebecca. Together they launched Gordon Schenck: Architectural and Engineering Photography in Charlotte, and Schenck, as he put it, “lost my hobby and made it my job.

Born in Greensboro in 1927, Schenck had always been passionate about architecture, and as a student in the late 1940s, the study of architecture and engineering were still highly integrated disciplines at NC State. That changed dramatically in 1948 with the establishment of the School (now College) of Design under the leadership of its first dean, Henry L. Kamphoefner. Kamphoefner would infuse the School’s culture with the Modernist aesthetic and teaching methods brought across the Atlantic by European masters Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. Many graduates and faculty of the program would become Schenck’s future clients.

Drawing upon a substantial collection on deposit in the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center, An Engineer’s Eye celebrates the unique compositional approach Schenck became known for, situating his subject in time and place, harnessing light and shadow, opacity and reflection to reveal a building’s form, seeking unexpected vantage points that integrated the structure with its surrounding environment. These are core tenets of Modernism, and many of the Southeast’s notable mid-century modernist homes are among the photographs on display.


DH Hill Library
2 W Broughton Dr
Raleigh, NC 27695
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