'Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House'
by Katarina Stuebe & Jan Utzon
To date one of the most famous and acclaimed music venues in the world, The Sydney Opera House.
The story of this exceptional Photographic ART Book involves the Sydney Opera House and its creator and renowned architect, Jorn Utzon. Without dwelling on history it shows the imagination, the vision, the passion, strong belief and the energy one has to have, to bring to life this building, which was to become an architectural masterpiece of global recognition, one of the most famous music venues in the world.
This photographic essay of the Sydney Opera House is commented by Jorn Utzon who expresses his appreciation of the photographer's interpretation of his edifice resulting in an unexpected intimacy between the old, wise architect and young, enthusiastic photographer.
His son, Jan Utzon, furthermore talks about the influence of the Sydney Opera House on his
and his family's life until today. Anecdotes of memories and the selection criteria by which the Opera House Design won the competition are being revealed. It is further combined with sketches, drawings and formerly unpublished photographs from the Utzon archives.
The photographs showing Utzon's 'tour de force' aim to convey to the reader the photographer's fascination with the timeless beauty of the Sydney Opera House.
A sensitive approach retrieving an existing structure, showing "through her eyes" the poetic beauty of the soaring roof-shells, trying to capture on film, some of the spirit apparent in the architect's initial sketches of the sculptural roof structure and other details.
The young photographer reveals new angles and challenges the viewer with her point of view of Utzon's masterpiece yet always allowing for the detailed beauty of the Opera House to unfold.
The story is also about a young photographer who pursued her dream about a fascinating building and its architect, how she met him and the influence of these meetings on her life and work.
This is a personal story by someone who went out to pursue her dream, and who received something in return, grander than ever imagined.