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Honoring Richard Barnes, Photographer Of Taxidermy And The Unabomber Cabin

The Julius Shulman Institute opens an exhibit on one of America's leading architectural photographers October 9.

  • <p>After FBI agents captured Ted Kaczynski at his remote cabin outside Lincoln, Montana, in 1996, the cabin was shipped across the country to be used as evidence in his trial. Barnes managed to finagle access to the building where it was being stored: the stark, windowless warehouse in Sacramento you see here.</p>
  • <p>He also photographed the remote woods where the cabin once stood.</p>
  • <p>Barnes is interested in the "excavated, compiled, and organized manufacturing of display," the Julius Shulman Institute says. Over the course of several years, he traveled around the world snapping pictures of natural history museum exhibits.</p>
  • <p>The series was collected in the 2009 monograph Animal Logic.</p>
  • <p>Barnes also does more traditional architectural photography.</p>
  • <p>His Murmur series captured European starlings in mid-flight and managed to make their migration patterns look like Pointillist art.</p>
  • 01 /11 | Unabomber

    After FBI agents captured Ted Kaczynski at his remote cabin outside Lincoln, Montana, in 1996, the cabin was shipped across the country to be used as evidence in his trial. Barnes managed to finagle access to the building where it was being stored: the stark, windowless warehouse in Sacramento you see here.

  • 02 /11 | Unabomber

    He also photographed the remote woods where the cabin once stood.

  • 03 /11 | Flayed Man

    Barnes is interested in the "excavated, compiled, and organized manufacturing of display," the Julius Shulman Institute says. Over the course of several years, he traveled around the world snapping pictures of natural history museum exhibits.

  • 04 /11 | Academy Animals With Painter

    The series was collected in the 2009 monograph Animal Logic.

  • 05 /11 | Man With Buffalo
  • 06 /11 | Smithsonian Cheetah
  • 07 /11 | Smithsonian Monkey
  • 08 /11 | Astana

    Barnes also does more traditional architectural photography.

  • 09 /11 | Revel
  • 10 /11 | Murmur January 21, 2006

    His Murmur series captured European starlings in mid-flight and managed to make their migration patterns look like Pointillist art.

  • 11 /11 | Murmur, December 6, 2006

The Julius Shulman Institute is set to unveil an exhibit on the work of architectural photographer Richard Barnes. Barnes, who’s based in New York, has a knack for coaxing beauty out of unlikely places: He has snapped photos of unfinished dioramas at natural history museums. He has made flocks of starlings look like Pointillist paintings and the Unabomber’s survivalist cabin appear like some sort of high-minded art installation at a kunsthalle. Richard Barnes: Unnatural Spaces includes these images, and many others, which "take a provocative look at the way architecture is both a complicit partner in, and also an unwitting subject of, the practice of presentation." The exhibit opens October 9 at the Ahmanson Main Space at the Woodbury University School of Architecture in California. More information here.

[Images courtesy of the Julius Shulman Institute]

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