Tim Benton is an extraordinary historian of Le Corbusier. Thirty years ago, he published Villas of Le Corbusier, 1920–1930; in 1987, the prized catalogue to the London centennial exhibition Le Corbusier: Architect of the Century; and, in 2007, Rhetoric of Modernism: Le Corbusier as a Lecturer. In LC Foto: Le Corbusier Secret Photographer, Benton combines his knowledge of the architect with a remarkable understanding of architectural photography to reveal Le Corbusier’s personal activity as a photographer during the only two periods of the architect’s life when he took pictures: 1907–17 and 1936–38.

Benton divides his book into two distinct parts, presenting the photographs and films chronologically in thirteen albums. The first part comprises four albums and examines photographs made by the young Charles-Édouard Jeanneret—before he adopted the pseudonym “Le Corbusier”—at a time when, as Benton notes, “he was uncertain in his vocation between art and architecture” (43)....

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