Douglas & McIntyre
Selwyn Pullan

Book details:

October 2012
ISBN 978-1-55365-947-1
Hardcover
10" x 11"
160 pages
throughout colour photographs, throughout b&w photographs
Photography / Individual Photographer PHO011000
$45.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Selwyn Pullan

Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism

The stark beauty of an iconic architectural movement is captured in this rare collection of stunning images.

As an emerging photographer in the 1950s and '60s, Selwyn Pullan played an important role in popularizing the new style of West Coast modernist architecture.

His photographs capturing Vancouver's rapidly changing urban landscape appeared regularly in magazines and architectural journals, and helped tout the bold, dramatic architectural ideas thriving on the West Coast. Pullan became known for his ability to contextualize the work of architects through unique composition and tonal range.

He photographed projects for B.C.'s leading architects of the era, including Ron Thom, Fred Hollingsworth, C.E Pratt, Arthur Erickson and Barry Downs. Today, as Vancouver's architectural landscape changes again, his photographs are all that remain of many of these projects, now demolished or altered beyond recognition. His archive forms a crucial record of a definitive architectural movement. Selwyn Pullan is the first full-length book dedicated to his compelling photographs. An extensive retrospective with beautifully reproduced images, this book's illuminating texts also put the artist in historical and cultural context.

Exhibition Dates
West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, BC: October 10 to December 15, 2012

About the Authors

Barry Downs

Barry Downs is a longtime associate of Selwyn Pullan. Downs is a recipient of many architectural awards, including the Massey Medal, and has served on ...

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Donald Luxton

Donald Luxton is a heritage consultant, architectural historian and the author of Building the West, a comprehensive survey of early 19th- and 20th-century ...

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Kiriko Watanabe

Kiriko Watanabe is the assistant curator at the West Vancouver Museum and co-curated an exhibition of Selwyn Pullan's photographs for the museum.

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Adele  Weder

Adele Weder

Adele Weder is an architectural writer, curator and cultural journalist who has been published in design journals and anthologies across North America. ...

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