Miller House by Jose Oubrerie
- Hannah Edwards
In 2011 while still in graduate school for architecture, Samuel Ludwig spent 12 hours enjoying, studying, and occasionally photographing his professor Jose Oubrerie’s vacant masterpiece in Lexington, KY, the Miller House (1987-92).
The house, which refuses to be reduced away and explained in a single sentence, is an example par excellence of one of the photographers current interests with buildings that refuse to be captured in a single, totalizing image. In addition to denying any totalizing views, and by utilizing the camera to approximate traditional modes of architectural representation, elevation and axonometric, the house and images thereafter make evident the inadequacy of not only two-dimensional drawings to represent space but photography’s as well in addition to its predisposition to flatten space and reduce the house to a series of exaggerated graphics. Seen this way, the photographer plays with the viewer to recognize the incongruity between the arguments about to space in the images versus the reality of spaces understood in person, an unknowable condition unless one visits the site.