Authors on Architecture: Bills on Thom
SAH/SCC Zoom Presentation
Saturday, March 13, 2021
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Join SAH/SCC for a talk showcasing the architectural photography of Wayne Thom and celebrating the new book Wayne Thom: Photographing the Late Modern (The Monacelli Press, 2020) by SAH/SCC Member Emily Bills. Bills is an educator, curator, and author with research interests in urban history and social and environmental justice. She is Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at Woodbury University.
Raised in Hong Kong, Thom moved to California in the mid-1960s. The book includes photographs of work by architects such as William L. Pereira, FAIA, Gio Ponti, FAIA, John Portman, FAIA, and I.M. Pei, FAIA. For those SAH/SCC members who attended “Bakersfield Built: 1960s,” Thom’s photographs of modern architecture in Bakersfield will be a familiar reprise.
Previous SAH/SCC programs with Bills include a 2018 discussion of the work of architectural photographer Marvin Rand, Hon. AIA/LA, based on California Captured: Marvin Rand Mid-Century Modern Architecture (Phaidon, 2018), a 2017 panel about Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America (Gibbs Smith, 2016), and an insider tour of A+D Museum’s 2016 exhibition on William F. Cody, FAIA.
Bills’ book on Rand, co-authored with Sam Lubell and Pierluigi Serraino, won the Regional Bookseller’s Award for Best Art Book of 2018 and was listed as notable book of 2018 by Los Angeles Magazine and Curbed Los Angeles. Her book Telephone City: How Telecommunications Helped Build Los Angeles is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press.
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