COLCHESTER As part of a Saint Michaels conference on The Sounds of Silence, an exhibition of the acclaimed photographs of David Heald, chief photographer of the Guggenheim Museum has been put on display. The show, titled Architecture of Silence: Cistercian Abbeys of France is in St. Edmunds Hall Farrell Room (third floor) now until Nov. 7, and is visible during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. John Lane, in the journal Resurgence, writes ...by any measure these are exceptional photographs. You can gaze at them for ages, return to them again and again, and discover fresh spells of enchantment... One of the loveliest books I have ever seen. The photographs have been collected into a book of the same name. The exhibition, originally organized by Exhibitions International with support from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Graham Foundation and the Grand Marnier Foundation, is composed of 39 original prints that offer loving witness to the bare brilliance, power, and subtlety of early Cistercian architecture. The photographs depict the early Cistercian abbeys of France, revealing their exquisitely proportioned spaces. Together with the great cathedrals, these remarkable medieval buildings embody the profound mastery of architecture that blossomed in 12th and 13th century Europe. Built by the Cistercian monastic order nearly 900 years ago, these structures are renowned among contemporary architects and artists for the austere, almost minimal nature of their design and construction. The exhibition represents more than a decade of exploration through the Cistercian abbeys of France.