University of Southern California Libraries acquire Wayne Thom photography archive

The University of Southern California Libraries have acquired the archive of international architectural photographer Wayne Thom. The 250,000-image collection documents 2,805 of Thom’s projects, capturing the development of hundreds of landmark structures from initial models through final construction. Thousands of pages of correspondence, diaries, client proposals and meeting notes accompany the photographs in the collection. The breadth of materials provides tremendous context for Thom’s images and makes the archive an invaluable resource for multidisciplinary inquiry in art and architecture, the history of photography and representing the built environment, and the business of urban development and design. Thom’s approach to architecture as sculpture on a massive scale is a defining characteristic of his creative practice. “I always view a piece

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