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Ballester, Jose Manuel
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 152
Measurements: 28.00 x 26.00 cm

This journey starts with José Manuel Ballester’s presence as he paces
around the Norman Foster Foundation with his camera, tripod and
equipment—forever on the move. Maybe there is a pattern that underlies his
movements but we cannot discern it as he sets up viewpoints in some of the most
unlikely places and even at times when frantic activities are taking place
around him. The journey ends with the transfer of the three-dimensional world
that he can see through his glass lens to emerge finally onto the flat printed
pages of this book. In the time between those forays through space and the
final images there has to be an intensely creative process.

Ballester’s coverage of the Norman Foster Foundation spaces embraces not just the rooms
that comprise the original residential palace of 1912 by Joaquín Saldaña, its
courtyard and the most recent addition of a pavilion, but also the gaps and
hidden areas between them. His images dissolve the walls between those
separate entities in the same spirit of the Foundation’s mission to break
down the barriers between professions.

“I hope that the pages in this book will kindle the curiosity of the younger generations to engage with the Foundation in its quest to anticipate the future. In any event this volume will be a testimony to the efforts and goodwill of the many individuals and organisations who have come together to make the dream of the Foundation a reality. It is a wonderful tribute and I would like to express my gratitude to José Manuel.”

– Norman Foster

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