Photography is the art of manipulating light: its very process depends on minute changes in the electromagnetic spectrum, often barely visible to the eye. Early modernist photographers in the 1920s were the first to experiment with different ways to record and use light to dramatic effect, reviving Fox Talbot’s photogram technique to produce x-ray like images, for example, while others, like Paul Strand, preferred to incorporate natural light into their compositions. ‘Without light there is no colour. Without light there is no life,” says Ed Freeman, a landscape architect at Reardonsmith Landscape LLP, whose photograph is included in a new exhibition, ‘Design To Shape Light’, curated by lighting designer Paul Nulty, and organised by Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen. On view at Carl Hansen & Søn’s London showroom in Clerkenwell, the exhibition explores the relationship between photography, design and architecture through light in 21 photographs by leading creatives including…Original sources