About Via Lucis
Via Lucis Photography and Via Lucis Press are part of a long-term project to document Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and Spain. The projects include the photographs that are represented on this site, a book called Light and Stone, and custom art prints. Light and Stone is illustrated by these photographs, with text by Dennis Aubrey.
The photographs represented here are high-resolution images of Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and Spain. The photographers, Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey, have created a library of more than 3,000 finished images. The intent of the photography is to digitally document these marvelous structures while capturing the hidden presence of medieval spirituality.
“It is rare that a great photographic artist can be an accomplished writer on Romanesque architecture at the same time. In PJ McKey and Dennis Aubrey, we have two such rare individuals in the mold of Pere Angelico Surchamp in terms of their dedication to chronicling the vast landscape of the Romanesque architecture. The erudite yet concise texts that accompany their sublime photographs, and the wealth of information they cull from wide fields of cultural history, add another dimension to their labor of love.” Jong-Soung Kimm, FAIA
Kimm is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a Fellow, Korean Institute of Architects. Over the past thirty years, Kimm has produced buildings of diverse types, including the internationally recognized Weightlifting Gymnasium for the 1988 Seoul Olympics; the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art in Kyongju; the Energy Systems Research Center and the University Hospital for Ajou University in Suwon; the Hotel Hilton International, and the Headquarters Building for SK Corporation in Seoul.
“The work of Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey recording the Romanesque churches of France has no equal. Their numinous photographs not only give a clear impression of the play of light across and within the space and detail of their subjects but even more, they convey a sense of the sacred and immanent.”
Douglas Read RIBA PPRIAS
Read is accredited in Conservation through the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. He is a Past President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and a Past President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland on whose Council he now sits as a nationally elected member. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has served on their Council. He is a member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, on whose Edinburgh Cases Panel he formerly served, and a member of the Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings.
“Dennis et Patricia sont deux des américains les plus incroyables que j’ai eu a connaitre. Il y a peu de français qui connaissent les vieilles églises romanes et gothiques aussi a fond que Dennis et Patricia. Ils ont photographie prés de 1000 de ces églises ces 10 derniers années en sillonnant la France pour nous aider a garder ce patrimoine de l’humanite avec des églises de plus de 1000 ans.
Ils ont aussi ete des champions absolus pour Notre Dame de Chartres en faisant un travail de fond incroyable pour American Friends of Chartres. Je vous recommande de plonger dans leur univers a travers leurs photos inouies. Peut-etre que vous verrez cette incroyable lumière que j’ai pu admirer grace a eux.”
Servane de Layre Mathéus, Présidente, Chartres, Sanctuaire du Monde (CSM)
Mme de Layre Mathéus is a medievalist with a graduate degree in history. She is a former adviser and head of the press service of the Ministry of Labour in the French national government. She has served as president or chair of numerous associations related to Chartres, including Chartres, Sanctuaire du Monde that helps fund the restoration of Notre Dame de Chartres, the Centre International du Vitrail (International Stained Glass Center), and the Millennium Celebration of Bishop Fulbert of Chartres.
Mme de Layre Mathéus has been honored by the French government as Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and as an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.