Rooftop draws poetic attention to a significant new movement which counters the heat-island effect afflicting cities across the globe. The benefit of green roofs reaches beyond reduced carbon footprint and improved storm water control. These grassy spaces embody the conflict of our existence, symbolizing the allure of nature in the face of expanding urban sprawl. Shot in locations ranging from Chicago to Zurich, Temkin’s images do more than merely document rooftop gardens.
Temkin’s images are interspersed with writings by authors John Rohrbach and Steven Peck, as well as architect Roger Schickedantz. These essays address such things as the aesthetics and intent of the photographs, living architecture, design, sustainability and the concept of bringing nature into an innovative urban context.
Brad Temkin is a Chicago-based photographer and teaches photography at Columbia College. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Akron Art Museum (Ohio), and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) among many others. His images have been featured in Aperture, Black & White Magazine, TIME Magazine and European Photography.