Capturing the Late Modern

Photographer Wayne Thom and author Emily Bills discuss an under-appreciated era in architecture.

Inside the Bank of America data center in San Francisco, featuring a wall sculpture by Claire Kahn. (© Wayne Thom | The Monacelli Press)

You can’t pigeonhole Late Modernism and you can’t pigeonhole Wayne.

I went through the archives by myself, photographed everything, and then Wayne and I would do these really long interview sessions. He has an encyclopedic memory of every architect he ever worked with and every building he ever photographed. He also remembered what went on in the offices of those architects: who was the handshaker, who was having drinks at lunch, and who was building the models. I’d show him his pictures and he would start sharing great stories.

An exterior view of Bank of America’s data center in San Francisco. (© Wayne Thom | The Monacelli Press)
An exterior view of Bank of America’s data center in Los Angeles. (© Wayne Thom | The Monacelli Press)
The Crocker Center in downtown Los Angeles. (© USC Digital Library | Wayne Thom Photography Collection)
Inside the Crocker Center. (© Wayne Thom | The Monacelli Press)
(© Wayne Thom | The Monacelli Press)

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