100 Most Inspiring
Architectural photography is one of the most important means of communication for architects and designers. It brings spaces and buildings to life and illustrate their use by integrating them in an spatial framework. It is the ultimate tool for its perception and marketing.
“Architects design buildings, architectural photographers design their perception.”
We are used to see all kinds of articles about inspiring architects or inspiring designers, but who are actually some of the most inspiring Architectural Photographers?
The LOOP Design Awards team decided to break ground and make an extensive research about the most inspiring architectural photographers. We asked hundreds of architects, designers, editors, and of course, a lot of architecture photographers with a simple question: “Who are your favorite and most inspiring architectural photographers?”.
We received an incredible feedback from photographers and architecture community with more than 750 contributions worldwide.
LOOP Design Awards is proud to share this selection of the ‘100 Most Inspiring Architectural Photographers’.
Dutch photographer Iwan Baan is known primarily for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. Born in 1975, Iwan grew up outside Amsterdam, studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and worked in publishing and documentary photography in New York and Europe.
Iwan Baan’s love for photography goes back to his twelfth birthday, when his Grandmother gave him his first camera. After his studies in photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Baan followed his interest in documentary photography, before narrowing his focus to record the various ways in which individuals, communities and societies create, and interact within their built environment.
With his combined passion for documentary and space, Baan’s photographs reveal our innate ability to re-appropriate our available objects and materials, in order to find a place we can call our own. Examples of this can be seen in his work on informal communities where vernacular architecture and placemaking serve as examples of human ingenuity, such as his images of the Torre David in Caracas – a series that won Baan the Golden Lion for Best Installation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
With no formal training in architecture, his perspective mirrors the questions and perspectives of the everyday individuals who give meaning and context to the architecture and spaces that surround us, and this artistic approach has given matters of architecture an approachable and accessible voice.
As the inaugural recipient of the Julius Shulman award for photography, today, architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Toyo Ito, SANAA and Morphosis turn to Baan to give their work a sense of place and narrative within their environments. Alongside his architecture commissions, Iwan has collaborated on several successful book projects such as Insular Insight: Where Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities and Brasilia & Chandigarh – Living With Modernity. Baan’s work also appears on the pages of architecture, design and lifestyle publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Domus, Abitare and Architectural Digest.
December 2011: Iwan Baan was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell’Architettura on occasion of their 100th issue.
Iwan Baan is recipient of the AIA Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award
Photo: Harbin Opera House in China designed by MAD Architects
Fernando Guerra has been a pioneer in the way architecture is photographed and divulged. 22 years ago, he opened studio FG+SG together with his brother, and both are responsible in large part for the diffusion of Portuguese contemporary architecture in the last twenty two years.
Fernando Guerra is an architectural photographer. His training, however, is as an architect. His gaze is divided between two distinct modes of constructing the world. Given this fact, he is in a prime position to personify the metamorphosis of the field of photography that will lead the practice of creating images to eventually identify itself, in part, with the field of architecture.
In order to understand a space, architects, possibly with a more conscious intentionality than mere users, walk about the buildings. They capture the spatiality of architecture by wandering, scrutinizing, and associating ideas, shapes, dimensions. It is through this movement that they discover the infinite variables of the architectural space, the singularities that distinguish a significant place from the myriad of insignificant constructions that invade our visual field. And they do it by blending what they see with the memories of other buildings they carry with them, often acquired through observation mediated by photography. Our architectural culture, given the impossibility of visiting all of the buildings in the world, is constructed mainly through the eyes of others. It is in this sense that Fernando Guerra casts a generous eye upon the architecture he registers. Among the buildings he photographs, it is not exactly a value judgment on architectural content that is perceived, but rather an examination, at the emotional level, that seeks to homogenize all of the registers. Thus, what is cultivated is the absence of any critical moralism that might interfere with the image’s final result and that seeks to position itself (architecturally) on a neutral plane, becoming useful in its own right. It is simultaneously a world in which better or worse architectures do not exist. The photographer, contrary to the photographer-artist, is summoned and responds through his knowledge as an expert. If he manipulates the image, that is, if any excess of “realism” is removed from it, he does it conscious of the fact that he works in a field of impartiality.
Fernando Guerra’s work is regularly published in various national and international publications, in magazines such as Casabella, Wallpaper*, Dwell, Icon, Domus, A + U, among many others. FG+SG collaborates with various Portuguese architects such as Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira, Manuel Mateus, Manuel Graça Dias, Gonçalo Byrne, ARX Portugal, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Promontório Arquitectos, as well as international architects such as Márcio Kogan, Isay Weifeld, Arthur Casas, Zaha Hadid, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, among others.
In 2012 he was nominated Canon Explorer, having been appointed Canon Explorer, assuming the role of ambassador for Canon Europe in terms of architectural photography.
Photo: EPFL Quartier Nord in Switzerland designed by Richter Dahl Rocha & Associes
Ema is the principal of Ema Peter Photography. In the past 12 years, she has works with some of the most prestigious architectural, interior design and engineering firms in North America. Ema’s photography has helped many of these firms reach award-winning status.
Her images have been published in Architectural Digest, Objekt International, Dwell, Wired, New York Times and many more.
Ema holds a Master’s degree in art and applied photography from the national academy of theatre and film arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She started her career as a TV anchor on Bulgarian National TV and then as an intern at Magnum Photo Agency in Paris. She then led one of the largest photography teams in North America at VRX Studios Inc. She was also the lead photographer for ad campaigns at Hilton, Hyatt and Fairmont and was responsible for creating photography standards for some of the world’s top hotel brands.
Ema Peter is one of the invited Jurors of LOOP Design Awards 2021
Photo: Vancouver Tea House designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Hélène Binet was born in 1959 in Sorengo and is of both Swiss and French background. She currently lives in London with her husband Raoul Bunschoten and their two children, Izaak and Saskia. She studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Rome, where she grew up, and soon developed an interest in architetural photography.
Over a period of twenty-five years Hélène Binet has photographed both contemporary and historical architecture.
Her list of clients include architects Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, Peter Zumthor and many others. While following the work of contemporary architects – often from construction through completion – Hélène Binet has also photographed the works of past architects as Alvar Aalto, Geoffrey Bawa, Le Corbusier, Sverre Fehn, John Hejduk, Sigurd Lewerentz, Andrea Palladio and Dimitris Pikionis.
More recently, Hélène Binet has started to direct her attention to landscape photography, wherein she transposes key concerns of her architectural photography. Hélène Binet’s work has been published in a wide range of books, and is shown in both national and international exhibitions.
Hélène Binet is an advocate of analogue photography and therefore she exclusively works with film.
Photo: Brother Klaus Field Chapel in Germany designed by Peter Zumthor
Born and raised in London, UK, Joe Fletcher studied painting at Chelsea College of Art & Design, receiving his BA in Fine Art, and later attended London’s Goldsmiths University, graduating with a MFA in photography. In 2003, he left soggy London for foggy San Francisco.
His photos have since been featured in magazines such as Wallpaper, Architectural Digest and San Francisco, displaying his aesthetic and his appreciation for the art of architecture and the beauty of light.
Fletcher is also the photographer of two books Ranch Houses, Living the California Dream (Rizzoli) and Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House (Rizzoli). He now lives with his wife and two mischievous dachshund mutts in Oakland, CA
Photo: Fall House in Big Sur, United States designed by Fougeron Architecture
Julius Shulman was an American photographer known for his comprehensive documentation of Mid-Century Modern architecture and urban development in Los Angeles.
The artist captured the idyllic spirit of the postwar building-boom era in his photographs of modern domesticity, sometimes including the inhabitants of the homes in his shots—and he was among the first photographers to do so. Shulman primarily worked in black and white with unconventional infrared film to reduce his subjects to clean, essential lines and shapes.
His images of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22 (1960) and Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Palm Springs (1947) are famous examples of emergent Modern architecture and its documentation.
Born on October 10, 1910 in Brooklyn, NY, Shulman’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. He briefly studied at the University of California, Berkeley before returning to Los Angeles where in 1936 he received his first assignment to photograph a house designed by Richard Neutra. Largely a self-taught photographer, Shulman opened his own studio in 1950 and began working on assignments for magazines and architects like his contemporary, Ezra Stoller. Throughout his lifetime, Shulman photographed the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, and Oscar Niemeyer. In 2008, he was the subject of a documentary, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. His more than 70,000 photographs are housed in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The artist continued working until the age of 98, and died on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo: Stahl House (Case Study House No. 22) in Los Angeles, USA designed by Pierre Koenig
Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow
Hufton+Crow are dedicated to creating inspiring and striking photographs of contemporary interior and exterior architecture around the world.
As two experienced photographers with complementary skills and competitive characters they offer a unique service because they work as a team – either both simultaneously photographing one project, or by each providing input, critiques and direction of the others work. The outcome is a passionate attention to detail, the most creative approach possible and a reliable and professional service. Above all, it results in beautiful photographs that show buildings at their best – images that describe architecture within the built environment.
Hufton+Crow strive to create strong and lasting professional relationships, by listening and attending to their clients’ objectives first. The breadth of their client base and the longevity of these relationships proves the efficacy of this approach.
They shoot digitally, believing that it is the format that can provide the most benefit to the client. They also provide professional re-touching and post-production as part of the service.
Photo: Louvre Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates designed by Jean Nouvel
Born in La Spezia (Italy) in 1960, Duccio Malagamba studied architecture in Genoa and then moved to Barcelona (Spain) to work as an architect. After a short experience in a few architectural firms, he joined the renowned office Martorell-Bohigas-Mackay Arquitectos, where he led the winning team for the “Un Progetto per Siena” international competition.
In 1989 he won a scholarship granted by the “CNR” (Italian National Research Centre), for a research on Spanish Contemporary Architecture. To carry out this study he took up his youthful interest in photography. As a result of this research he received several commissions by renowned Spanish architectural firms, after which, in 1991, he decided to devote himself entirely to architectural photography.
In these 30 years of professional experience in architectural photography Duccio has participated in several exhibitions, lectures, and juries. He collaborates with prestigious architects like Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron, Rafael Moneo, EMBT, and Coop Himmelb(l)au, among many others. His photographs are featured in major specialized magazines and publishing houses worldwide.
For Duccio Malagamba the only way to know a building is by visiting it, therefore his interest in architectural photography does not lay in its –furthermore arguable– ‘documenting’ capacity. From his point of view its real interest is other than that: the instinctive tendency to think that what a viewer sees in a photo exists the way he sees it. This gives the possibility to emphasize the strong points of the portrayed intervention, suggesting, stimulating, and arousing curiosity. In a word, for Duccio the major task of an architectural photographer is to inspire the observer rather than being concerned about his objectivity.
Duccio Malagamba photographs with studied concentration, analysing the subject slowly and meticulously. The results are ‘architectural reportages’ – rather than a series of separate shots – that aim to transmit a complex range of emotions, experiences and thoughts and are intended to provide a full, multi-faceted view that ‘tells’ the viewer about the building.
Photo: Escola Massana. Art and Design centre in Barcelona designed by Estudio Carme Pinós
Toronto architectural photographers doublespace photography = amanda + younes. We make simple, bold and elegant architectural photography. Our creative vision is the product of our combined experience and diametrically opposed backgrounds; amanda is trained as an architect and worked in the field for five years, while younes is a former biologist-turned-landscape-photographer.
We alternate between covering each project from two distinct angles and collaborating behind the camera to push each other for an even more refined product. The result is beautiful imagery that showcases your designs in the best possible light. Our work has helped our clients garner several prestigious awards, including several Governor General Gold Medals in Architecture, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence, the Chicago Athenaeum Architecture award as well as numerous global, national and provincial accolades.
Our work has appeared in some of the most prestigious print and online magazines such as Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Icon, Interior Design Magazine, , Dwell, Canadian Architect, Wallpaper*, The Plan, Archdaily and Dezeen.
Doublespace were awarded the 2019 Canadian Architect Award for Excellence in Architecture Photography and the Jury and Popular vote A+ Awards in 2020.
Photo: Horizon Neighborhood in United States designed by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Ezra Stoller was born in Chicago in 1915, grew up in New York and studied architecture at NYU. As a student, he began photographing buildings, models and sculpture; in 1938, he graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design. In 1940-1941, Stoller worked with the photographer Paul Strand in the Office of Emergency Management; he was drafted in 1942 and was a photographer at the Army Signal Corps Photo Center. After World War II, Stoller continued his career as an architectural photographer and also focused on industrial and scientific commissions. Over the next forty years, he became best known for images of buildings.
He worked from the late 1930s into the 1980s. Stoller’s images convey the three-dimensional experience of architecture through a two-dimensional medium with careful attention to vantage point and lighting conditions as well as line, color, form and texture. Among the iconic structures he photographed are Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, the Seagram Building, and the TWA Terminal. Often the images are as familiar as the buildings they document. Ezra Stoller’s work included photographs of science and technology, factories and industrial production plus commercial and residential architecture. His work can be seen as social history as well as documents of design and construction.
Many modern buildings are recognized and remembered by the images Stoller created as he was uniquely able to visualize the formal and spatial aspirations of Modern architecture. During his long career as an architectural photographer, Stoller worked closely with many of the period’s leading architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, I.M. Pei, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Mies van der Rohe, among others. Stoller died in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 2004.
Photo: Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, NY, 1959
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I’m a photographer based in Los Angeles, California who specializes in photographing architecture; I also have a mild airplane obsession.
I grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts: a small coastal town that’s one part postcard and one part dramatic Boston movie. Here I was lucky enough to meet a number of amazing teachers who opened my eyes to the world of art and design; this would alter the path of my life in more ways than I could ever imagine.
After studying studio art and environmental science at the University of Vermont, I moved to Lake Tahoe, California, in hopes of becoming a professional snowboarder (graduating right after the ’08 recession made this seem like a great idea). A couple of years and too many injuries later, I found myself taking up an offer to photograph a few homes for a client I’d met while recuperating. What started by chance turned out to be the perfect mix of technical challenge and creative outlet, and I decided right there and then that it absolutely must be my career.
In 2018, I founded the Architectural Photography Almanac, a resource for architecture photographers and those in the architecture industry seeking to learn about the craft and theory of architectural photography.
Photo: Forest Knoll Residence in Los Angeles, USA designed by Standard Architecture
Andy Macpherson is an Australian-based architectural photographer known for creating images that give a sense of place. He has a distinct approach to documenting people and architecture that captures truth and beauty.
He believes in taking the work seriously but making the process fun. Andy works with many of Australia’s top architects, his work is published all over the world by the industry’s best publications.
Andy Macpherson is one of the invited Jurors of LOOP Design Awards 2021
Photo: Banksia House in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – Designed by Aphora Architecture
Adam Mørk graduated as an architect in 1997 from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. He worked for five years as an architect doing competitions at Dissing+Weitling architecture.
Based with a studio in Copenhagen, He has since 2002 worked worldwide as an architectural photographer.
He is both highly regarded and frequently consulted by international architects in Scandinavia, Germany and China for portraying their works.
In all his work Adam Mørk shows a special attention and sensitivity of light – and how light sculptures and creates the space in harmony with material and people.
Photo: Harbin Opera House in China designed by MAD Architects
Andrew Prokos is a New York City based fine art and architectural photographer. His fine art photographs incorporate architectural elements and sweeping natural and urban views. Andrew’s cityscapes of New York and other locations are composed of numerous meticulously-captured high-resolution images. Employing this method allows him to capture an astonishing level of detail in the large-format prints which he produces for clients and collectors around the world.
A master of long-exposure photography technique, Andrew utilizes exposure times of up to ten minutes to capture his subjects. The resulting images have an ethereal quality which detaches them from the world as we see it. Andrew’s recent work has included experimental series such as Inverted, , which utilizes negative imagery to convey a bold new vision of place.
Andrew’s photography has been widely published, and awarded at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3), the International Photography Awards (Lucies), American Photography 31, Latin American Fotografia, Neutral Density Awards, the Epson International Pano Awards and others. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, 21_21 Design Sight museum in Tokyo, Banco do Brasil, and in galleries and corporate fine art collections in the USA and Europe.
Andrew regularly accepts commissions for clients in advertising, property development, design and industry. Prior commissions include photography for Cisco Systems, Evraz, HBO, and the New York City Economic Development Corp. Andrew is a voting member of the American Society of Media Photographers.
Photo: Museum of POP Culture in Seattle, USA designed by Frank O. Gehry
Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
Cristobal studied at the Architectural Association (AA) in London before he started his career as a photographer focused primarily on architecture, travel and reportage.
Some of his editorial work includes commissions for titles such as: Monocle, Wire, The New York Times, Domus and Architectural Digest.
Selected solo exhibitions include Paisajes locales, AFA Gallery, Santiago (2009); Espacio continuo, AFA Gallery, Santiago (2012); Espacio continuo, ZavaletaLab, Buenos Aires (2013); Punto de vista, Galeria Tajamar, Santiago (2014); Espacio Continuo, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2014); Construcción, Galeria XS, Santiago (2015).
In addition to his photographic work, in 2010 Cristobal began to produce short architecture films, work which has been shown in Canada, Colombia, Portugal and Italy. In 2012 Cristobal’s film work was presented in the Chile Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale: CANCHA. In 2013 “Piling Up“ won the prize “Best Architecture Short Film“ at ArqFilmFest in Santiago, Chile.
In 2013 the Museum of Modern Art of the city of New York acquired some of Cristobal’s work for its collection.
Photo: Santiago College Building in Santiago, Chile – Designed by Alberto Moletto
Jeanette Hägglund – is a photographer with experience across a range of fields, from advertising and portraits to fashion and products.
She develops image banks and often creates image pictures to emphasize client products. Jeanette also photographs architecture, with a personal touch.
Her clients include both large and smaller corporations, advertising and design agencies as well as magazines, public and local authorities.
Jeanette has a particular talent for making her subjects feel at ease before the camera – and it’s fun to work with her.
Whether Jeanette portrays people or objects, she creates a relation with her motif and in that way brings out the best.
She sees new angles and possibilities. She inspires and creates, all in her own way.
Photo: Muralla Roja in Calpe, Spain designed by Ricardo Bofill
Simone Bossi (Varese, Italy 1985) is an Italian photographer with an architectural background.
He studied architecture at Etsa Universidad de Sevilla and graduated at Milan Polytechnic in 2011.
Simone worked as an architect in Italy, Netherland and Switzerland from 2008 to 2010 when he decided to start his carrier as a self-taught photographer.
He has shot the works of Richard Serra, Cube Architecten, Herzog & de Meuron, Kaell Architecte, LCA Architetti, Modourbano, Stocker Lee Architetti, Duearchitetti and Studio Inches.
His photos are also published in Sou Fujimoto’s monograph Architecture Works 1995-2005.
Photo: Second Wind in Spain of James Turrell
Born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1898, Berenice Abbott spent the early part of her artistic career studying sculpture in New York, Berlin, and Paris, where she worked as Man Ray’s studio assistant. This experience led her to photography, and in 1926 she established herself as an independent photographer whose portraits of well-known artists and writers rivaled those of Man Ray in excellence and renown. Through Man Ray, she met Eugène Atget, whose photographs of the transformation of Paris from the ancien regime through the mid-1920s impressed her with their methodical technique and intuitive inflections of artistry. Upon Atget’s death, Abbott purchased his photographic oeuvre, and for more than forty years tirelessly promoted his work. It is largely through her efforts that this great photographer is still known today.
In 1929, Abbott returned to the United States, where she embarked on her best-known body of work–a documentation of New York City for which she developed her famous bird’s-eye and worm’s-eye points-of-view. She worked on the project independently through the early years of the Depression, and in 1935, secured funding from the Federal Art Project (a part of the Works Progress Administration). Her pictures were published as Changing New York (1939), which was both critically and commercially successful; it remains a classic text for historians of photography.
Photo: Pike and Henry Streets, ManhattanMarch 6, 1936
The son of an architect, there was perhaps an inevitability that Rory would grow up with a love of structure and a passion for observing how people use space and objects.
After studying photography in his home town of Melbourne ahead of several years of assisting fashion photographers in London, Rory began his career back in 2011 with a brand campaign for Tate Modern. He now shoots internationally; most frequently in the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Mexico and the USA
Rory predominantly shoots on film as he enjoys the tactility of the analogue process and it’s rendition of light. This consistent aesthetic has seen Rory work for all manner of brands such as Aesop, Armadillo, Aston Martin, Chanel, Frama and Isokon with agencies such as Pentagram and DN&Co
Rory has collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious architects including David Chipperfield Architects, Christ and Gantenbein, Carmody and Groake, as well as Tatiana Bilbao
Editorially, Rory’s international credits include Architectural Digest, Architectural Review, Cereal, Domus, Elle Deco, Rum ID and Wallpaper
Photo: Punchbowl Mosque in Sydney designed by Candalepas Associates
Anjie Blair is a Tasmanian photographer who chases the immaculate image, preferably under blue skies with a little cloud.
She grew up on a farm in the West Tamar and learnt from an early age to work hard. Leaving home at 16, Anjie ventured into the adult world of tough, no-compromises work. She slogged it out as a trainee chef then function kitchen manager in Melbourne. It was then onto studying natural resource management, guide dog training and a diploma of graphic design before picking up a camera when Anjie got a job working in Launceston on weddings, professional portraits and real estate photography 10 years ago.
Anjie permanently shifted the lens from brides to bricks and mortar about five years ago and her pristine pictures have attracted praise from around the globe. Anjie’s work has been published in Indesign and Green magazines and featured on The Local Project, Habitus Living, Archdaily and The Design Files. She’s been interviewed by Women Architecture Photographers, AP Almanac, M-Mode Creative and her favourite image, Girl and Her Unicorn, scored her a spot in the top 100 of the Architizer One Photo Challenge.
Anjie has shot nationally-recognised and renowned projects for Northern Tasmanian-based firms, Cumulus Studio, Form Projects and Davies Construction and has recently ventured to Hobart to produce stunning work for Crump Architects, Licht Architecture and LXN Architecture.
The straight lines and symmetry of buildings deliver great satisfaction to Anjie, which is what keeps her coming back for more. She derives great satisfaction from bringing textured tiles to life, making a brightly coloured bathroom pop and waiting patiently for an angle to release its shadow. Her most powerful images, though, are when humans interact with space.
Photo: Floating Sauna Lake Derby in Tasmania, Australia – Designed by Licht Architecture
A photographic graduate of the Michaelis School of Art (UCT), a former photography lecturer and head of department now specialising in producing photographic imagery of the built environment for a range of prestigious clients around the world.
He documents buildings and interiors, utilising an artistic ‘lens’ to create a lasting impression. Architectural photography suits his working methods and temperament; with a focus on technique and spatial exploration, the aim is to produce exceptional imagery through meticulous composition, attention to detail, considered lines, textural contrasts and an acknowledgment of environment and context.
Adam Letch work ultimately stands alone, providing the viewer with the experience of the building on an emotional, atmospheric or design perspective.
He currently lives in Cape Town with his wife, numerous feline companions and an ever- expanding collection of vinyl records collected on his world travels.
Photo: Bosjes Chapen in Cape Town, South Africa – Designed by Steyn Studio + TV3 Architects
“Imagen Subliminal Architectural Photography + Film was founded by architect and architectural photographer Miguel de Guzmán.
The firm, comprised of Miguel de Guzman and Rocío Romero, is a New York and Madrid-based practice whose work is commissioned by many internationally renowned architecture, construction, and real estate firms.
Imagen Subliminal’s photographs have been published worldwide in print magazines such as Architect, Dwell, El Croquis, Arquitectura Viva, A+U Japan, Domus, Casabella, Mark, C3, and many other books and newspapers.
The practice also collaborates with online media as Archdaily, Dezeen, Designboom, and Divisare.
Photo: Casa Mo12 in Madrid, Spain designed by By MoRE. MoRE Arquitectos.
Laurian Ghinițoiu was born in Romania where he also received his training in architecture. Moving to Germany he completed his Masters in 2014 at Dessau International Architecture (DIA) and worked for two years.
Soon after he shifted his focus on photography as an instrument for the documentation of architecture and travelling around the world for self-initiated projects and commissioned assignments.
In a span of a few years his images have received distinctions in international architecture photography competitions such as Arcaid Awards (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018); Sony Awards (2016; and the Architecture Photography Awards (2017, 2018); and published on Architectural Record, Phaidon, Domus, A+U, among others. He is also teaching photography seminars at the DIA and workshops in architecture schools, and co-founded another: with filmmaker Arata Mori.
His approach patiently searches for visual and decisive moments where the designed and informal elements of the built environment coexist in an objective yet empathetic gaze.
Photo: The Twist Museum, Kistefos Museum in Norway designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Simon Devitt is a photographer with a strong practice focus in Photography of Architecture, currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, with an established international practice throughout Australasia and further afield.
He has both a strong sense of home and a wanderlust which goes right back to when he was born in a sandstorm beside a sleeping camel in 1973. Working in many different settings across cultures around the world has had a great impact on his professional practice, which has been greatly enriched by his experience of each particular context: Shanghai and its people, the fruitful silence of a Japanese bamboo forest, the light in Los Angeles, so different to the harsh, more direct light in New Zealand.
Simon loves LA light, so diffused, as if a giant soft box had been placed over the sun. “On one particular occasion, standing with my camera equipment in a very suburban street in Echo Park I noticed that I had caught the neighbours’ attention. A few came up to ask what I was doing, in a cutely nosey, neighbourly way, all of them appearing to act as a neighbourhood watch of sorts over the house I was photographing and for each other. I felt a great sense of community and a few of them even made it into one of my pictures.” Simon loves people in his photos as their appearance adds a sense of scale and a place in time.
Simon Devitt is the author of the award-winning photo-book Rannoch and the All Things Considered series. Photo-books bring together his passion for image, place and language, which started in 2013 with the launch of Portrait of a House, his first self- published photo-book on the Athfield residence in Wellington. Since then, Simon have started publishing the Ripe Fruit series.
Simon’s images are featured in many books and collaborations including Long Live the Modern (2009), Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (2010), Athfield Architects (2012) and Summer Houses (2011); as well as in numerous national and international magazines such as Elle Decor (Italy, UK, Japan and South Africa), Architectural Digest (Germany), Dwell (USA), Habitus, InDesign (Australia), Architecture NZ, Home New Zealand, Urbis, Interior (NZ).
Photo:.Hahei House in New Zealand designed by Studio 2 Architects
Architect graduated from the University of Guadalajara in 2015, founder of César Béjar Studio where he works as an architect and architectural photographer.
He studied at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2013, where he had his first approach to architectural photography. He has collaborated, inside and outside the country, in the photographic documentation of projects with architects from Mexico and Spain.
His work has been published in physical and digital magazines around the world, also by publishers such as Gustavo Gili and Arquine and in The New York Times.
Highlights his photographic exhibitions in Guadalajara, Cancun and in the Crown Hall of Mies van der Rohe in Chicago in 2016 and 2017. He has participated in architecture congresses in Culiacán, Guadalajara, Cancun, Mexico City and Durango, as well as in the International Festival of Photography 2017, in León, Guanajuato.
He currently develops architectural projects in Culiacán, Guadalajara and Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California Norte.
Photo:. Cuadra San Cristobal in Mexico designed by Luis Barragán
Hisao Suzuki was born in 1957 in Yamagata, Japan. He studied at the Tokyo College of Photography and moved to Barcelona in 1982 to observe the work of Antonio Gaudi, where he still resides, becoming immersed in contemporary architecture.
Suzuki is currently one of the photographers for the architectural journal El Croquis.
“A photographer may take one of two stances: either demonstrate a work within its reality and its environment, or demonstrate the image of the work that the photographer himself has created. In Suzuki’s case the former is true, for his work is a true testimony and documentation of reality.”
Photo:. Nara Centennial Hall in Japan designed by Arata Isozaki
JAG Studio (Ecuador) A documentation and photography communications studio that focuses on contemporary architecture, design and other similar grounds.
It formally started in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2013 with the purpose of generating a connection between architecture and the way it’s communicated. JAG merges the efforts of an architect with photographic skills and a communicator with the ability to connect through multiple means of expression.
Juan Alberto Andrade, architect and architecture photographer established in Ecuador. During his architecture studies, he began his professional photographic activity on behalf of architects and publishers. Together, with Cuqui Rodríguez, they founded JAG Studio, the platform for the diffusion of their latest works.
They currently collaborate photographing projects by architects such as: Al Borde Arquitectos, Daniel Moreno Flores, Rama Estudio, Natura Futura Arquitectura, Diez + Muller Arquitectos, Felipe Escudero, Sergio Zalamea, Jannina Cabal, Sebastián Calero, among others.
Their work is highlighted in the main international architecture magazines such as: Archdaily, Plataforma Arquitectura, Domus Web, Dezeen, Designboom, Avivre, Arquine, Architectural Record, Dwell, Arquitectura Viva, among others.
JAG Studio was one of the invited Jurors of LOOP Design Awards 2020
Photo: Mocolí House in Ecuador designed by Orense Architects
I’m a Spain-based architectural photographer.
Formally trained as an architect in Seville University, my love for the building process and architecture have kept me working alongside architects and worldwide publishers, making sure the projects look their best way.
Last 22 years architectural photography has taken me around Europe and ocasionally to other continents (Zambia, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, USA, Brasil, Sri Lanka, Chile, Mexico and Japan, among others). My work has brought me to 40 countries worldwide to photograph culture, public art, and architecture. Has been shown in more than 700 magazines and featured in hundred of books.
Since 2018 I’m collaborating as in-house photographer with El Croquis magazine making photo reports for several monographies recently published: Bruther (France), Johnston Marklee (USA), Caruso st John (United Kingdom), Bernardo Bader (Austria), Harquitectes (Spain), Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Anne Holtrop (Bahrain) and Gustavo Utrabo (Brazil).
During this year I’m developing nine monographs and books that will be published on late 2021 and early 2022.
Once, I dreamt to do what I do.
Jesus Granada is one of the invited Jurors of LOOP Design Awards 2021
Photo: Lumnezia (Surselva), Switzerland.
Adrià Goula Sardà studied at Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) being graduated in 2000. He initially worked as an architect in different architecture offices in Barcelona as well as in Paris, such as Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) or Yves Lion (Ateliers Lion Associated). In 2004 he began his professional career as a architectural photographer.
He has made more than 1000 national and international works for renowned architects and different public and private organizations. His work has been published as cover of several magazines (Domus, Abitare, Casabella, AMC, Tectonica, OnDiseño, Quaderns, etc.). His photos have been published in numerous monographs, books and publications such as: Frame, Mark, Arquitectura Viva, C3, Blueprit, Dwell, Detail, AIT, among others.
He has been professor of architecture photography at Sert School of COAC (Professional Architects Organization) from 2010 to 2015 and he currently lectures at Elisava (Barcelona School of Design and Engineering). He has participated in conferences, talks and workshops in different congresses and prestigious architecture schools such as ETSAB, ETSAV, IED, Elisava, Eina, University of Alcalá, University of Navarra and E.A. of Umea (Sweden).
He is currently expanding his professional domain into the moving image, creating short movies about architecture. Time, sound and movement in parallel, adding the photographic approach; this is the new material with which Adrià is working to create new ways of communicating the Architecture.
Beyond the works done under assignment, Adrià has developed personal projects also related to architecture and that take place around the shape, the traces and the memory. An approach to photography as a means, having the intention of going beyond the photographic window in order to create abstract self-sufficient images. Architecture, but no forgetting the landscape or still lifes. Those elements are used to generate images where two-dimensionality, composition, complexity, imperfection and abstraction are the main issues.
His work has been the subject of exhibition in different art galleries in France and Spain: in Paris (Salon de Thorigny), in Bordeaux (Atélier DARTOIS); in Barcelona (Kowasa Gallery, COAC, The Architecture Gallery). Has been Finalist in the AENA Competition 2012, Honorific Mention in the IPA 2013 and in the Combat 2013, was also selected to participate in PhotoEspaña Discoveries 2012 and in the Full Contact of Festival Scan in Tarragona 2012. The Esteyco Foundation published in 2011 the monographic book De-Construction including images that confronted elements in construction with elements in demolition, creating visual parallelisms between them. His work called Re-Edificatoria about buildings under rehabilitation works, was part of the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, which was awarded with the Golden Lion.
Photo: Carner Barcelona Perfumery designed by Jofre Roca Architectes
Casey Dunn is an Austin, TX based photographer who refined his technique on both coasts before returning to his hometown for the swimming holes and sweltering heat. He enjoys collaborating with the leading designers and creatives in the region and continues to seek opportunities to work with local, national, and international clients. On Saturdays, he can be found playing pickup basketball, gardening or camping with his wife, Sarah and dog, Mandy.
Photo: Confluence Park River Pavilion in USA designed by Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys Design Studio
Christian Richters studied communication design at the Institut für Architekturgeschichte und Architekturtheorie at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal. Christian Richters studied communication design at the Folkwangschule in Essen.
He started working freelance with magazines and architects in late 80’s
Today, Christian Richters is working with a large number of renowned architects in Europe UK, the US, and Japan; contributing frequently to most major architecture magazines worldwide, and working with book publishers such as Birkhauser, Electa, Laurence King, Phaidon, Taschen, Thames + Hudson and many others.
Photo: Public Indoor Pool ‘Paracelsus Bad’ in Salzburg, Austria – Designed by berger + Parkkinen Architekten
The seductive capacity of photography is what makes us want to visit a building, or even own it. It is true that nothing can change the experience of walking through it, feeling it, walking between its walls, hiding in its cold shadows or vibrating with its bright lights, but photography, thanks to its ability to communicate, can stimulate us to visit it. Photography thus becomes an indispensable accomplice between the architect, the photographer and the viewer.
My empathy with the architect will make me feel his passion when projecting and the capacity of his intentions to carry out a dream. Understanding the context and deciphering the arguments that have weighed on the author when fitting the project, on the one hand allows me to establish the necessary dialogue with everything that surrounds and interacts with it and on the other hand it allows me to provide all the necessary information to see the results of the fusion between work and environment and thus document the project in its proper measure and scale looking for images full of sensitivity that go from concept to detail.
My work as a photographer, specialized in architecture tries to show what the architect expects of me, but, once the work is done, from the photographer’s intentional vision, my images will reveal aspects of his work that he himself did not know, the aspects most unexpected of his own work. Analyzing the aesthetic and human values of the building in its proper measure and being able to transfer them to the images, help to understand the effort of the author, his aspirations, needs and frustrations when carrying out the construction process. The result is, therefore, the product of communication between the architect and the photographer: of a team whose common goal is to build a better world.
All these efforts, synthesized in images, are disseminated thanks to the specialized media, where my work is very present. This closes the creative circle.
I want to thank all those who trust me to document, interpret and represent his work and, at the same time, allow me to enjoy the exercise of my passion: photography.
Photo: House on the Castle Mountainside in Spain designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Ivane Katamashvili is architecture photographer located in New York City, United States. His knowledge in Architecture makes very interesting perspective through photography, and shows modern built world of architecture in very unique angle.
Photo: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in USA designed by Adjaye Associates
Jim Stephenson is an architectural photographer and film maker based in the UK, working worldwide.
Stephenson’s work is hallmarked by a keen eye for human interaction with architecture and the built environment, be it the occupation of space or the traces left behind. His photography and films lean to a documentary style and he has cultivated a meditative process allowing for the agility to document the small, fleeting moments of people and light in architecture.
After studying Architectural Technology and working in practice in the UK and US, he turned to photography and film making.
His photos and films cover work by architects such as Zaha Hadid, Assemble, Herzog & de Meuron, dRMM, Frances Kéré, Peter Zumthor, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, Sou Foujimoto and many more, including a number of exciting new and emerging practices. His work has appeared extensively in print and online in publications such as The Architects’ Journal, Dezeen, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Architecture Today, Architectural Review, A+U, Blueprint and Icon, amongst others.
His films about architecture have featured at international film festivals in London, New York, Milan, Paris, Sydney and Istanbul.
He holds a license from the Civil Aviation Authority to fly drones. He also curates The Miniclick Photography Talks, a series of free photography lectures and workshops founded in 2010.
Photo: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London designed by Sou Fujimoto
João Morgado was born in 1985 in Cascais, Portugal and in 2008 he completed his master’s degree in architecture from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE). In the same year he went to Maastricht (Holland) to work at the studio of the prestigious architect Wiel Arets, where he discovered his passion for architecture photography.
In 2011 he founded his company João Morgado – Architecture Photography.
He was considered, in 2015, one of the ten best architecture photographers of the world, by the magazine Top Teny, of New York.
A year before, a photograph of his own, the Swimming Pools, in Leça da Palmeira – designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira (architect with whom, he often works) – won the award of Arcaid Images Architectural Photography, in the category of “Sense of Space”.
João Morgado continues to work in Portugal, but also in other countries, such as Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, United States and even in Kuwait.
In 2020, he co-founded the LOOP Design Awards, a new Architecture and Design awards program, with the objective to make it one of the most prestigious and recognized international Award in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Product Design and Architecture Photography.
Photo: Swimming Pools in Leça da Palmeira, Portugal – Designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira
Kim was born and raised in a Buffalo New York – a virtual architectural museum. With the understanding that the designed environment can impact the human experience for better or worse, she pursued studies in Interior Design and Architecture.
After having worked in an architectural firm, an opportunity arose to branch out into marketing for a high end cabinetry manufacturer. Pulling upon all her skill sets, she came to understand what effectively promotes a brand.
It starts with photography of high caliber.
Kim set to work elevating the company’s brand by taking over their photography. After ten years (to the day), Kim struck out on her own with her new skill set as an Interiors and Product Photographer.
Now, she revels in crafting striking imagery for those whom with she shares a kinship: Architects, Designers, Builders, Developers, Hotels and Resorts. Her clients use her photography to attract new work, win awards and get published.
“I am a coffee snob. Don’t get me that popular brand that’s on every other street corner. My rant on why it’s awful will commence. I’ll take a light roast from a small batch local roaster any day. I love travel and volunteering. Nothing gives you greater perspective than getting out of your own little world. Happy dogs romping around at the beach are my go-to when I need to smile.”
Photo: Buffalo Bills Training Facility designed by Populous Architects
Lisa Petrole is a Canadian/American freelance photographer specializing in interior design, architectural, and lifestyle photography.
Lisa’s admiration of innovative design is what inspires her photography; and she loves working with designers and art directors that are pushing the boundaries of their field. Her goal is to capture visuals that match the level of creativity and craftsmanship of the work she photographs, bringing it to the world through editorials and advertising.
Lisa is based in Dallas and regularly travels for shoots across North America.
Photo: The Citizenry Offices in USA designed by Thoughtbarn
Minh T was born in Vietnam and grew up on the East Coast, near Washington D.C. He now calls Los Angeles home. Since launching his photography career through Instagram, Minh has built a client portfolio that includes Issey Miyake Parfums, Skagen Denmark, Nespresso, Adidas, Mr. Porter, and Soho House.
“A continuous visual narrative runs through minh t’s images, inspired by architecture, nature and geometry; they are thought provoking and romantic, as if each image is part of a prevailing fairytale. with a background in graphic design and architecture, his work nevertheless eschews an overly technical approach and instead runs with feeling, fantasy and emotion. through instagram he has managed to enchant audiences from across the globe, including notable publications, fashion houses and fellow photographers, translating his social media profile from casual hobby to an internationally acclaimed aesthetic.”
— Isabel Carmichael
Photo: Rhythm Nation – Personal Project by Minh T
Pedro Pegenaute, born in Pamplona in 1977, has worked as a professional photographer specialising in architecture since 2005, when he set aside his career as a building engineer to devote himself fully to photography. Since then, he has worked with architects and publishers (books, magazines, blogs) of renowned national and international prestige.
He has received various awards in photography contests recognizing his particular point of view: first prize Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasco-Navarro (2005); first prize “Miradas desde la Arquitectura” (2011) Instituto Alicantino Juan Gil-Albert; finalist “Purificación García 2007” and work selected and acquired to be included in both the exhibit later held at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid) and the private collection of this brand. Additionally, he has been on the panel of judges for various photography contests.
His work has been included in numerous architectural exhibits in cities including Barcelona, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, London, and more, and his personal work has been shown in individual exhibits since 2003, when Pegenaute’s work began to be acquired by individuals and for private collections. He has also been commissioned to create numerous large-scale murals for interior spaces.
In recent years, reflections on “human aspects of architecture”, a user-focused look at architecture, and new forms of visual expression have led him to dabble in the audio-visual field, creating videos that reflect his essence as a photographer.
In 2013 he published the book “Pedro Pegenaute Personal”. The book contains 98 photographs taken between 2006 and 2012 that combine “personal” and “professional” work. The pages are not numbered and contain few texts that have been placed at the end of the book, with the evident intention to focus the viewer’s attention on the photographs. Image becomes the main figure in the
metalinguistic discourse that presents Pegenaute’s work.
In 2011 he founds Pegenaute Studio.
Photo: Junshan Cultural Center in Beijing, China – Designed by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Roland Halbe studied photography at IED in Cagliari, Italy and has been a freelance architectural photographer since 1988. He has been co-founder of Artur Images, Europe’s biggest picture library for architecture photography, in 1995. His work is represented there since then. Roland Halbes work has been shown internationally in group exhibitions at prominent galleries in Germany and Spain. He was the commissioned photographer for the exhibition On-Site: New Architexcture in Spain held at MoMA in NYC in 2006. Roland Halbe has been official photographer of TCA Louvre, Abu Dhabi in 2017 and of Qsar al Hosn cultural center, Abu Dhabi in 2018. His photographs are published in all major architecture magazines such as Casabella (IT), Architectural Record (USA), Architectural Review (GB), Interior Design (USA), Detail (GER), Bauwelt (GER), El Mercurio (CL), A+U (JAP), Blueprint (GB), Architektur aktuell (A) and by many architectural book publishers like TASCHEN, Phaidon, Thames & Hudson and others. His client list includes Morphosis Architects, Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, Odile Decq, Santiago Calatrava, Coop Himmelblau, among other important architecture firms. Roland Halbe lives in Stuttgart, Germany. His qualified back office studiomanagement is run by Jennifer Buehling and Ingrid Forster.
Photo: The Flow – Centre Eurorégional des Cultures Urbaines in France – Designed by Atelier D’architecture King Kong
German born photographer Sebastian Weiss career has taken a few creative turns. Originally studying Constructional Engineering at Technical University of Dresden, Sebastian then went on to further his studies at University of the Arts in Berlin, focussing on technology and design. This then set him on the path as a designer within advertising and design agencies.
Following a passion for architecture and photography, in 2010 Sebastian started sharing his abstract and graphic photographs on Instagram. Inspired by urban shapes, Sebastian aims to “free buildings from their spatial context and known surroundings.”
Many stunning images and 240k Instagram followers later, Sebastian is now the official photo columnist for AD Architectural Digest Germany, with work included in the annual edition of “Best of Germany 2013.”
Photo: Beijing National Stadium in China – Designed by Herzong & de Meuron
Thomas De Bruyne
Thomas De Bruyne
Thomas De Bruyne better known as Cafeine is an architectural and interior photographer. He works for leading designers within these two sectors, both nationally and internationally. Think of names like Vincent Van Duysen, Stephane Boens, Lionel Jadot and Niels Maier.
His work continues to inspire and he always creates something different within his signature style.
Photo: Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence in Belgium designed by BURO II & ARCHI+I
Bas Princen is an artist and photographer living and working in Rotterdam and recently in Zurich. He was educated as industrial designer at the Design Academy Eindhoven and later studied architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Since then, through the use of photography, his work focuses on urban landscape in transformation, researching the various forms, outcomes and imaginaries of changing urban space.
Recent exhibitions include: Image and Architecture at the Vitra Design Museum, 2018; Breuer Revised at the Met, NY 2017; Earth Pillar at Solo Gallery, Paris 2016; Constructing Worlds at the Barbican Art Gallery, London 2014; Room of Peace in the Arsenale exhibition ‘Monditalia’ at the 14th Venice Bienale; Reservoir, deSingel Antwerp 2011; Five Cities, Depo, Istanbul 2010; Refuge, Storefront for art and architecture NY 2010; Invisible frontier, AUT, Innsbruck 2008; Nature as Artifice, Kroller Muller Museum, Otterloo 2007; Aperture Foundation, New York 2009; Spectacular City, Nai, Rotterdam 2006; The Venice Bienale of Architecture 2004 2006, 2010 and 2012.
In May 2004, he published his first book Artificial Arcadia with 010 Publishers; further monographs include Rotterdam with Witte de With Publishers 2007; Galleria Naturale for Linea di Confine, Rubierra 2008; Five Cities Portfolio with SUN Publishers 2009 and Reservoir with Hatje Cantz 2011, and The Construction of an Image 2016 with Bedford Press.
In 2004 he won the Charlotte Kohler Prize for promising young artists and architects in the Netherlands and at the 2010 Venice Bienale of Architecture he was awarded the silver lion for his collaborative work with Office Kersten Geers David van Severen.
Photo: Shopping Mall Parking Lot, Dubai, 2009 by Bas Princen
Dane Alonso is a photographer specialized in documenting built spaces and their environment.
Photographing architecture is an echo and development of his studies as an architect, as he holds a Bachelor degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a MSc in architecture from Universität Liechtenstein.
Currently based in Mexico City, Dane Alonso is open for commissions elsewhere.
Photo: Central Gardens Jojutla in Mexico designed by MMX
I am attracted to both sides of photography and architecture: where science and art overlay each other. First a South African engineer, I seemed to be headed for a Silicon Valley somewhere. Having left South Africa in 1975 for a year in South America, I found myself in a different Californian valley, studying photography at CalArts north of Los Angeles: particularly the topographical American photographers of the 1930’s onwards. It is right to learn from others. Favourites? Robert Adams, Nicholas Nixon [portraits too], Stephen Shore, John Pfahl, Lewis Baltz, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Lee Friedlander, Ed Ruscha, Dorothea Lange, Berenice Abbott.
After the comfort of the Jo Ann Callis classroom, my task was, naturally, to work out the next question: what to do with my new enthusiasm? where does the camera go and why? where is the duck’s eye? low or high? [this was years before Iwan Baan]. Consider a large camera in a small room with furniture, and just a few sheets of transparency film. Under the darkcloth, a dim image beckons on the ground glass, upside down and backwards. From where is it best to feel the space of the interior or the weight of the superstructure? Back then, you needed lots of kit, a spotmeter and [thank you, Edwin Land] help in Polaroid form. Fortunately, there remains a thrill in figuring out a new picture to lob into the world’s archives that conveys the architecture and gives an idea of the physical experience. A composition that somehow works, regardless of the ‘rules’.
All this was, I believe, adequate training for digital photography which offers a new universe.
I have had the wonderful good fortune to work for several formidable architects: Norman Foster, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Grafton Architects, not forgetting the excellent Walters & Cohen Architects for example..
In 2005 the Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Dennis an Honorary Fellowship [Hon FRIBA] for his contribution to architecture.
Photo: Town House in London by Grafton Architects
Edmund is a highly regarded London based architectural photographer who has been collaborating with leading architects, publishers, editors and curators globally since 1998. Edmund shoots for architects Interior designers , design agencies developers contractors and engineers.
In addition to his domestic photography, Edmund travels far and wide, equally comfortable working with emerging talent and mega studios globally. He is often to be found shooting in India, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East and the USA
Publications include: Architecture of Eden (Transworld 2004), New Architecture in Japan (Merrell, 2010), Architecture of the Olympics (Wiley, 2012) and Indian House (Thames and Hudson 2020). Recent clients Include: Tadao Ando, RSHP, RIBA, Burberry and the National Government of Kuwait.
Photo: Casa Naila in Mexico designed by BAAQ
He is a photographer and architect (FADU-UNL).
His photographic and audiovisual work focuses mainly on issues related to architecture, city and landscape. He has exhibited in national and international photographic exhibitions and audiovisual festivals in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Austria and the United States. His photographs are published in different digital media and specialized magazines on architecture. He has been a visiting professor in a workshop format at the School of Architecture of the University of Talca (Chile) and at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) and has given conferences in Talca (Chile), São Paulo (Brazil), Asunción and Encarnación ( Paraguay), Santa Fe – Rosario and Buenos Aires (Argentina). He has also developed his work as curator of Operación Rosa at the Rosa Galisteo de Rodriguez Provincial Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Santa Fe (Argentina) and as co-curator of the Argentine Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – The Venice Biennale 2018 and has exhibited in installation format at the MAC Museum in Mar del Plata within the framework of the Argigram (2019) exhibition together with the Collective Noun and at the São Paulo Architecture Biennial “Todo día” together with the Arquipélago, AR arquitetos studios and Messina Rivas.
Currently, he is working, among other things, on the series “Rancho isleño”, with the support of the National Fund for the Arts of Argentina.
Photo: Marindia House in Uruguay designed by MASA Arquitectos
Ieva Saudargaitė Douaihi is an architectural photographer and visual artist who grew up between Lithuania, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates and studied architecture at the Lebanese American University and Ecole Speciale d’Architecture.
To date, she has worked with over 70 architectural + design practices and specialised magazines. Whether landscape, building or object, she uses an architectural approach to portray the context, as well as the spatial, historical or political relationships within, always keeping in mind the human scale and the greater stories that need to be told. Her photographic work on the city of Beirut has recently been published in book format, Beirut: Naked City.
Ieva Saudargaitė Douaihi is one of the invited Jurors of LOOP Design Awards 2021
Photo: Sheikh Nahyan Center for Arabic Studies – Fouad Samara Architects
THE EYE OF THE ARCHITECT
“An architect without a photographer is nobody. A good architect without a good photographer is nothing.
The best architects are, in part, that which photographers have made them to be. Luis Barragán is Armando Salas Portugal and Mies van der Rohe is Richard Nickel. Le Corbusier is Lucien Hervé. Neutra is Julius Shulman and Richard Meier is Ezra Stoller.
When the projects of Luis Barragán were photographed by Armando Salas Porgual and the photographs exhibited in MoMA in New York in 1976, by the hand of Emilio Ambasz, this was when Barrágan’s recognition began, even in his native Mexico. After that, he was awarded the Pritzker Prize. Richard Nickel photographed the work of Mies van der Rohe in a way that that made the images stay in the memories of many architects. The same goes for Ezra Stoller.
And Le Corbusier breathed when Lucien Hervé finally arrived to photograph his projects. According to Le Corbusier, Hervé was the only photographer with an architect’s mindset. “He has the soul of an architect,” said the master.
When Ezra Stoller photographed the houses of Richard Meier, the architect was very conscious of the tremendous capacity of these images to communicate his architecture.
Salas Portugal’s and Nickel’s and Herve’s and Shulman’s and Stoller’s capacity to fascinate is similar to what seduces us in the images of Javier Callejas, a photographer and architect, like Stoller. I’ve had the privilege of having his eyes and camera observe some of my projects with impeccable results. He transmitted the last one, the Casa del Infinito in Cadiz–a very beautiful project– infinitely well.
In the way Chapman arrived to translate Homer in 1612, the best architecture needs the best photographers, like Javier Callejas, to translate into “English” the language of images that make their familiarity and diffusion possible.
Good architecture that isn’t photographed, that isn’t transmitted, is lost. Good photographers, like Javier Callejas are essential for good architects.
If an architect makes “vulgar” architecture and a good photographer makes it look good, he’s a hypocrite. But if a good architect creates wonderful architecture and the photographer doesn’t take pictures (or takes bad pictures), he’s a fool, which is worse.
Javier Callejas dominates light. In his images, which are sometimes very stripped, light is the theme. He knows well that light is the protagonist of space. And if, for an architect, light is fundamental as it passes through space, for a photographer, it’s fundamental to capture that moment. The architect traps time with light and the photographer seizes it. Both architects and photographers know that light is the more luxurious material with which we work.
And if Barragán is Salas Portugal and Mies is Nickel and Le Corbusier is Hervé and Meier is Ezra Stoller, I should say that I’m Suzuki, Alda, Halbe, Malagamba and, especially, Javier Callejas.”
– Alberto Campo Baeza, 2014
Photo: Parish Center in Porcuna, Sain – Designed by Alberto Campo Baeza
Lucien Hervé (b. 1910) is considered to be one of the great architectural photographers of the twentieth century. He collaborated with Le Corbusier from 1949 until the architect’s death in 1965, with whom he had a great rapport, and who pronounced him to have ‘the soul of an architect’. In 1949 he travelled form Paris to Marseille to see Corbusier’s Unit´d’habitation, a housing complex designed by him. Awed by the groundbreaking modern design, Hervé took 650 photographs of it in a single day and from then onwards they worked closely with one another.
Hervé approached his subjects seeking not only to document the buildings he was commissioned to photograph but also, especially, to convey a sense of space, texture, and structure.
Through light and shadow, he defined the dialogue between substance and form. By delineating a strong contrast between light and shadow as well as placing emphasis on building details, the photographer was able to communicate the depth of a room, the surface of a wall, or the strength of a building’s framework.
Born in 1910 in Hungary, Lucien Hervé (b. Laszlo Elkan) moved to Paris aged 19 and earned French citizenship in 1938. During World War II he was captured by the Germans, escaped and became a member of the French Resistance under the name of Lucien Hervé, which he kept thereafter. After the war Hervé left politics behind to write for art journals. It was one of his editors, in fact, who suggested he visit Unité d’habitation. Hervé began experimenting with photography, over- or underexposing images or severely cropping them to attain unusual compositions following the work of avant-garde artists such as Piet Mondrian, László Moholy-Nagy, and Alexander Rodchenko.
Photo: Secrétariat – Chandigarh – Inde (architecte : Le Corbusier) – 1961 – © Lucien Hervé – FLC – ADAGP / J. Paul Getty Trust – The Getty Research Institute – Los Angeles
Leonardo Finotti was born in Uberlândia MG, Brazil in 1977. In 2001 in his hometown obtained a degree in architecture at UFU.
While studying architecture he started to be interested in photography under the tutelage of Thomaz Harrell in 1997 and as a visiting student of the fine-arts in 2000, presented a final thesis named cromofotografopolis. Impercepções was his first relevant authorial work and the opportunity to make some exhibitions in Brazil between 2001 and 2002.
In 2002, was selected to xix abril trainee program in journalism in São Paulo and then for a trial in fabrica, Treviso, Italy. After the 8th Venice Architectural Biennale, where the landscape studio PROAP (João Nunes and Carlos Ribas) was selected to represent Portugal in the exhibition, Leonardo had the chance of start photographing their work and thanks to this opportunity he decided to focus on architectural photography, then moved to Portugal.
In 2003-2004 had another great opportunity, joy the kolleg transitspaces between Berlin and Moscow in the bauhaus dessau foundation, Germany.
In the end of 2004, shot Paulo David´s casa das mudas arts center in Madeira to compete in the european union prize for contemporary architecture Mies van der Rohe award, shortlisted. By then, he was already shooting important projects by selected portuguese architects, such as João Gomes da Silva, Inês Lobo, Ricardo Bak Gordon, João Favila, Carrilho da Graça, Souto de Moura, Aires Mateus among others.
In the end of 2005, shot the construction site of Iberê Camargo foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, by Álvaro Siza commissioned by the architect, published worldwide in the main architectural publications, besides being its first commissioned work in his homeland. After that, he started a close collaboration with important Brazilian architects like Mendes da Rocha, Marcos Acayaba, Isay Weinfeld, Thiago Bernardes / Paulo Jacobsen, Gustavo Penna among others.
In 2007, during Oscar Niemeyer centenary, challenged yourself into an ambitious project: 100 years, 100 photos, 100 works, started with the obvious idea of shooting the 100 most representative works of the Brazilian master and ended with the most significant contemporary photography archive on Niemeyer with around 200 buildings shot around the world. By then, the solitary photography work became a team work when guilherme francisco lopes coordinated a small team to retouch the photos while alex souza became our official editor.
Photo: Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro – Designed by Oscar Niemeyer
Mariela develops her professional work in the field of architectural photography as Fotógrafa de arquitectura. She has been merging her artistic vision with her professional work from the very beginning of her career. This particular approach has influenced her way of understanding architectural photography assuming that this profession defines a way of thinking that sheds some sense of reality. Without compromising the author’s vision, she also believes that it’s impossible not to interpret architecture from subjectivity and thought. She studied Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), where she also completed a Master of Photography, Art and Technique. She has been a guest professor in the Master of Artistic Production in the same University. She has given workshops and master classes in the Schools of Civil Engineering & Architecture University of Zaragoza (Spain) and in the European University of Valencia (Spain). Her work is regularly showcased in many architectural books and magazines and is represented by OTTO Archive.
Photo: Mirasal Housing in Spain designed by Balzar Arquitectos
Rafael Gamo started his career as a photographer in Mexico City, following architecture school and studying at the Photo Art Center. He is also a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York.
Now living between both cities, he is commissioned by architects, artists and media for architectural and fine art assignments. His work ranges from large-scale public works and cutting-edge buildings to intimate interiors and one-off installations.
Photo: Cachai House in Mexico – Designed by Taller Paralelo
Rex Zou is a Chinese born architect, visualiser and professional architectural photographer who finds creativity, new materials and ideas. He graduated from the School of Architecture, Univ. of California Berkeley. He has worked on development design of architecture in top-class architectural firms since 2010. He has a different view of beauty and detail in architecture.
Since 2016, he was shoot architectures, spaces, and designs full-time. He has collaborated with several architectural firms, property developers and design studios. His work was reprinted in Archdaily and other social media channels.
Photo: Apple Park Visitor Center in USA – Designed by Foster + Partners
Tim Griffith has been photographing architecture and design related images for over thirty years. Melbourne born and working from offices in San Francisco and Melbourne, Tim travels extensively on assignments in Asia, Europe and North America for a number of the world’s leading design firms. His inventive and graphic images are included in several private and public art collections, widely published in a diverse range of international design journals and sought after by corporate and advertising clients around the world.
Recent projects include the new China Resources Headquarters Tower in Shenzhen, the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and Sinar Mas Plaza in Shanghai. Recent commissions in the United States include the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco , the Bass Biology Building and Denning House at Stanford University, Cerner Innovations Campus in Kansas City and the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation and expansion.
Photo: Water Cube – Beijing National Aquatics Center designed by PTW Architects and ARUP
The environment of the American mountain west is in my blood. Having been born in the shadow of the Tetons and spending the vast majority of my life living in the mountains, both my commercial and personal work is heavily influenced by the dramatic light, weather and scenery that can be found in western Wyoming. When creating my architectural images, I can’t help but draw heavily on the environmental influences that surround the structure and use them to enhance the design of the building. I work closely with each of my clients during the process of crafting my photographs to ensure that the vision they had while creating their art, comes through in my images. The process of creating photographs, from start to finish, is my passion. Being able to tell a cohesive story with my imagery, no matter the subject, is always my goal. – Aaron Kraft
Photo: Undercurrent Installation in Teton Village, USA – Designed by CLB Architects
Ana Mello is an architecture photographer, graduated in architecture in 2003 from the Mackenzie University of Architecture and Urbanism.
She has participated in exhibitions at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (BRA), Itaú Cultural (BRA), at Centro Cultural Brasil-Peru in Lima (PER) and Architekturzentrum Wien (AUT). She was responsible for the photos in the book “Heep: a Modern Architect”.
In the past two years, she has photographed the reconstruction of the Portuguese Language Museum after the 2015 fire. Ana Mello contributed photographs to publications such as Monocle, Plot, AU, Bamboo, GIZ, Monolito, Projeto Design and online publications such as ArchDaily, Architizer, DesignBoom, Dezeen, Domus, PlataformaArquitectura and Vitruvius.
Since 2017, she has been teaching architecture photography at the Stickel Foundation in São Paulo.
Photo: Student dorms in Ciudad del Saber, Panama City designed by Levisky Arquitetos Associados
Kris Provoost is a Belgian photographer based in Hong Kong. He has been active in Asia the past decade capturing buildings and cities, to better understand the built environment.
After graduating with a Master in Architecture, he relocated to Beijing where he started his architecture career contributing to buildings spread around Asia. He worked for highly respected design firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, Buro Ole Scheeren and gmp.
As a photographer he has worked with some of the most well-known established architects and engineers.
Photos have been published in Vogue, Architectural Digest, CNN Style, The Guardian, Aesthetica Magazine, South China Morning Post, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Designboom.
Focus: Architecture and Infrastructure
Through the different stages of construction and completion.
The Book ‘Beautified China, The Architectural Revolution, has been published end of 2019 and portrays the most iconic buildings built across China in the last 15 years.
Kris Provoost Photography Limited is based in Hong Kong. He works internationally.
Photo: K11 Arts and Cultural Centre in Hong Kong designed by SO-IL
Boys Play Nice
Boys Play Nice
Photographic studio BoysPlayNice was founded in 2008 by Jakub Skokan /*1985/ and Martin Tuma /*1981/. Both of them graduated Department of Advertising Photography in Faculty of Multimedia Communication, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech republic.
BoysPlayNice Photography studio focuses on architectural photography and photography of the design. BoysPlayNice also specializes in producing creative concepts for photographic campaigns. The philosophy of the studio is to create a picture standing on an idea and makes optimal use of the possibilities of the photographic medium.
Projects by BoysPlayNice Photography are published in international media as Wallpaper, Frame, Azure, Domus, Architectural Digest, Architektur Fachmagazin, Dezeen, Detail, Interior Design, Dwell and many others.
Photographers Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma present contemporary architecture in a specific way. Their experiences with architectural photography has lead them towards pure, clear, yet impressive forms of conveying the unique character of architectural works. At the same time, they keep re-examining the very relationship between architecture and photography. These two fundamentally different art forms share a common cultural starting point. Both react to natural and urban environments, grandeur of form, industrial utility or the pleasing nature and simplicity of pop. Both examine values and experiment.
Boys Play Nice is one of the invited Jurors of LOOP Design Awards 2021
Photo: Shelters for Hotel Bjornson in Slovakia – Designed by Ark-shelter
Following her classical training in photography, Brigida González (born in 1969 in Stuttgart) was initially drawn to film and worked as a camera woman. Working with this mobile medium has not been without influence on her current work, as she also now and then captures sequences on veritable film material. Or the Mercedes-Benz Museum is photographed in passing, the atrium even with a rotating camera.
Emotion and dynamism come into play as well. Gonzáles responds to the motifs with a decided subjectivity and enters into a personal interaction with them. Thus at times her images disclose new, never-before-seen sections and perspectives that arise from an unconventional interpretation of the encountered artefacts. Light plays a decisive role as compositional factor in the work of Brigida Gonzáles. A nice blue sky is not what one wants if one intends to strengthen the buildings’ character, stage them, sometimes even going so far as a science-fiction impression. She expects this freedom of approach from her clients.
Photo: Hotel Bauhofstrasse in Germany – Designed by VON M
Derek Swalwell’s name is synonymous with the photographic representation of the architectural landscape in Australia and beyond. Having crossed the globe numerous times since starting out on his photographic journey over twenty years ago, Derek’s work documents some of the world’s most iconic built environments and visually articulates them in an entirely unique light.
For the past two decades, Derek’s commercial, editorial, fine art and lifestyle images have appeared in such notable design publications as Vogue Living, Habitus and Est Living, and in various international design stalwarts such as Wallpaper and Dezeen. His work resonates in both digital and print form and across numerous platforms ranging from online to large format art prints.
Having held numerous exhibitions of his diverse international collections, Derek’s photographic ensemble depicts a passionate and profound understanding of the technical and creative facets of the photographic profession.
Photo: Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
Based in Valencia, Spain, Diego Opazo is an architecture and interior photographer with a great eye for detail, proportion, and harmony. He has also produced a collection of short clips that showcase his attention to the little things in life.
He has been photographing for Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, Juan Marco Arquitectos, Ramón Esteve, Pepe Giner Arquitectos, Antonio Altarriba and many others.
2019 Teluria. Galeria Marisa Marimón
2010 Cambio de Morada (Change of dwelling). PazYcomedias Gallery, Valencia.
2008 Lares loci. Marisa Marimón Gallery, Ourense.
2019 JustMad. Galeria Marisa MArimón.
2016 Caleidoscopio y rompecabezas. CAAM Las Palmas
2015 Lugares. Marisa Marimón Gallery, Ourense.
Main selections and awards
2014 Mostra Internazionale del Cinema Biennale di Venezia. Short film international competition (short film “3/105”, co-directed with Avelina Prat).
2014 International Prize of Plastic Arts Caja de Extremadura, Cáceres.
2013 XIII International Contest Encuentros de Arte Contemporáneo, MUA, Alicante.
2010 International Contemporary Photography Award Pilar Citoler.
Photo: Aluminium House in Madrid, Spain – Designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
EUGENI PONS (Barcelona, 1964)
His interest in photography began at 13, when he purchased his first “serious” camera, a reflex Canon AE-1. From that moment, he focused on experimental, architectural and landscape photography.
Bachelor in Philosophy, he studied at the UAB and, at a time, studied photography at the IEFC in Barcelona.
His professional career started in 1992, when he decided to set up an advertising photography studio along with a fellow student. Towards the year 95 they decide to go their own way, and that’s when he decides to work on his true passion, architectural photography. He took a chance shooting some buildings with no previous commission, and Casa Viva magazine acquired them .. From there, to On Diseño magazine, part of the same editorial group at that time. That introduced him to some of the most outstanding architecture studios in Barcelona and Madrid, and from there to the first synergies and assignments. He has collaborated with some of the sector’s most relevant headers: Arquitectura y Diseño, A +1, Diseño Interior, ON Diseño, AiT, Architectural Review, Interni, Abitare, Wallpaper, Domus etc. are some of them.
– Five LUX Architectural Photography Awards winner.
– Monographic exhibition in Greek, Autumn 2004.
– Collaborating in many photography exhibitions (“Barcelona-Madrid” in the COAC, Venice Biennial, RCR Monographics …).
– Pre-selected by New York’s MOMA for the photographic background for the exhibition “On Site: New architecture in Spain”, winter of 2006.
– Patron of the Bunka Foundation by RCR Arquitectes since 2013. Participating in the first Workshops of Laboratori LAB-A in La Vila, by RCR Arquitectes.
– Four monographic books: Guggenheim, Modern Interiors, Architect of Photography and The Interior Book.
Photo: ‘Théodore Gouvy’ Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach in France – Designed by Dominique Coloun & Associés
Brazilian Architectural and Interior Design Photographer based between São Paulo and New York and available for commissions worldwide.
ARCHITECT Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, Arquitetura e Construção, Casa Vogue, Casa e Jardim, Revista AU, Revista Bamboo, Vogue Living Australia, Wallpaper*, AD Spain, Wallpaper* City Guides, PIN-UP Magazine, NY Cottages & Gardens.
AMAN Resorts, Bottega Veneta Brasil, CR2 Arquitetos, Dado Castello Branco, Editora C4, Estudio Guto Requena, Felipe Hess, FGMF, Freunde Von Freunden, Gui Mattos, Kate Spade Brasil, Mauricio Arruda, Mi Casa, Ovo,Patricia Martinez Arquitetura, Starbucks Brasil, Tiffany Brasil, Tora Brasil, Triptyque Architects, Studio Mellone, Thread Collective, Refinery29, Nike, Ace Hotel, ASHE+LEANDRO, The Wall Street Journal.
Online publications: Archdaily, Architizer, Casa Vogue, Designboom, Dezeen, FVONF.com, Plataforma Arquitectura, Yatzer.
Photo: Mer Apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil – Designed by Jacobsen Arquitetura
Frnacisco Nogueira (b. 1985) is a photographer based in Lisbon, trained as an architect.
Always interested in arts and images, he graduated in Architecture (FA-UTL, Lisbon) in 2008, and started that same year working as a photographer.
In 2010 he was awarded the scholarship INOV Contacto to work in Ventura Valcarce Architects in Barcelona. Back to Lisbon later that year he started his own photography studio working with clients and magazines in Portugal and abroad. His work focuses on architecture, interiors and the man-made landscape. His editorial clients include Wallpaper*, T Magazine, Elle Decor US, DOMUS, Surface and The New York Times.
In 2013 he published the book As Roças de São Tomé e Príncipe, written by architects Duarte Pape and Rodrigo Rebelo de Andrade, published by Tinta-da-China.
In 2016 he published the book Bijagós: Património Arquitectónico with the same authors.
In 2018 he presented his first solo exhibition Man Made in Artroom in Lisbon.
His work is represented in private collections such as the PLMJ Foundation and Fundació Vila Casas.
Francisco lives in Lisbon with his artist wife Branca Cuvier and their two children Bartolomeu and Mercedes.
Photo: ME Dubai designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Gonzalo Viramonte is a photographer of architecture based in Córdoba, Argentina.
Gonzalo comes from a city called Marcos Juárez. He grew up there not knowing what was photography. At 18 he decided to study Economics in Cordoba, Argentina and in a failed act three years later, he finished entering the Faculty of Architecture at the National University of Cordoba, the city where he was born. Today he is an architect, and a couple of years added to his career makes architectural photography. He never studied photography, but for years is passionate. He decided not trained to describe himself and develop the potential of their vision. He began photographing landscapes and small towns on their trips by bicycle by Argentina and Chile. Always latent human scale, the city and the detail that each city offered him, decided to start walking with his camera in the city. Living in Cordoba city many years, he recorded almost the entire city. Their buildings, their customs, but especially the most unexpected spaces, corners encountered during these walks Sunday. Gradually he developed a concept he calls “specific architecture for common people.” Referring to the most inhospitable places or buildings that only architects like. During 2014 and 2015, he managed to enter the world of publishing, getting some magazine covers that represented Córdoba, within the national and global architecture. With a great interest for the recognition of local, looking at each feeding demonstrate that the use of the human eye, we can enhance and leverage much architectural works. In 2015 he began his teaching beta, training many photography lovers of architecture, in some public and private institutions such as the National University of Cordoba School of Architects and now also on the floor, Coworking Community.
Photo: Chapel of Saint Father Brochero in Argentina designed by Federico Ochoa
Santos-Díez is a photographer from Galicia born in Madrid who has been practising the art of photography since preadolescence. His early exposure to both photography and architecture is due to his father, an architect. He was the one who taught him the basics of photography, guiding him while he practised in the small darkroom that he set up at home. That was where it all started—first by developing the negatives of photos taken by his father and later on, his own works.
During those early days, when the Internet wasn’t around yet, he decided to read all the available literature on photography techniques, devouring everything he could get his hands on. Coinciding with his going to the university, where he began taking up studies in Architecture, he joined the Ollo de Vidro photography group. He learned many valuable lessons from photographers of the likes of Jorge Barreiro, Manolo Lemos, Pilar Alaez, Nando Mauriz and Eduardo Castro Bal. There, he also taught introduction to photography and photography composition, an activity that prompted him to explore his own work in depth, while seeking to understand his own reasons in order to convey them to his students properly.
His training shaped his photographic style, which shows a particular flair for creating images, composition, light and perspective. Héctor Santos-Díez shows an analytical view in his works, where each shot takes on utmost importance in portraying the space included in it.
Photo: Rural House Restoration in Miraflores, Spain – Designed by Fuertespenedo Arquitectos
“I am a trained architect who took a challenging and extremely gratifying career of professional architectural photography. Multilingual, has lived and worked in many beautiful places around the world and currently make New York City my home. My diverse background teamed up with a strong sense of style and beauty allow me to create a unique vision of architectural spaces in New York and around the world and tell the captivating story of the architecture and its relationship with the environment and the humans. I am passionate about architectural photography and I strive to capture my passion and translate it into emotional images that bring the essence of the building, the intention and feelings of the design, the idea and emotions the architect envisioned while putting the design on paper.”
Photo: Visual Arts Center in Santa Fe, USA – Designed by Ricardo Legorreta with Lloyd and Tryk Architects
Aurelien Chen is a French architectural photographer with 15 years of experience in China, he is currently based in France and works internationally. He is also an architect and structure engineer. He provides photography and videos services for architecture and landscape architecture.
He witnessed and documented the urban transformation of China in the past 15 years and took part in several exhibitions worldwide (Cité du Patrimoine et de l’architecture – Paris, Centro de Cultura Contemporania – Barcelona, Architectural Biennale – Beijing, just to name a few). His artistic photography works were part of many group and solo exhibitions.
His twenty-year experience as an architect allows him to fully understand the architectural intentions of a project, its technical challenges, as well as its relationship with its surroundings. His “artistic/abstract” approach reveals the subtle qualities of each project.
His architectural photography works were awarded at the Blueprint Photography Awards for both 2018 and 2019 edition. His works were also shortlisted for the Architectural Photography Awards 2019, as well as for the International Architecture Photography Awards 2017.
Photo: Huangshan Mountain Village in China designed by MAD Architects
Julien Lanoo (born 1985) is a Belgian photographer. He documents the built environment and his works are best known for his “humanistic” approach, where people and broader architectural contexts are at the centre of attention. In 2016, his images are nominated as the world’s best professional photographs of buildings and structures of the year by Arcaid Images. In 2021, Studio Julien Lanoo is named the ‘World’s Best Architecture Photography Studio’ at the Architizer A+Awards.
Photo: Vitra Schaudepot in Germany – Designed by Herzog & de Meuron
Kevin Scott is a photographer and visual artist based in New York & Seattle. Formally trained as an architect, his image work focuses on the physical and visceral response to the built environment where concept and story are defining elements.
Known for his minimalism, meticulous use of natural light, and unending pursuit of calm, Kevin’s work embraces atmosphere and imperfection in order to find the emotional center of a place. As a result, his photographs are as cinematic as they are documentary, and project a humanist spirit whereby people, whether in frame or out, are naturally visible.
Kevin’s architecture and interiors photography appear regularly in design periodicals around the world while his concept work has been featured in television, theater, advertising, and print, as well as independently commissioned as artwork.
Kevin was a 2012 TED Speaker and Fellow Finalist, and winner of the 2011 KROB Architectural Delineation Competition, architecture’s premier prize for illustration in design.
Photo: Foro Boca in Mexico designed by Michel Rojkind
Nelson Kon, Architectural Photographer based in Sao Paulo, has a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo.
Since 1985, his work focuses on Architectural and Urban Photography.
His body of work consists of Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Architectural images.
Photo: Cidade das Artes in Brazil – Designed by Christian de Portzamparc
Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Ricardo Oliveira Alves
I photograph architecture for more than 10 years now. Along the way I also started filming architecture in an attempt to better capture architecture. My background is architecture, so I’m an Architect before I’m a photographer, in my heart I’m an Architect. Architecture film can go a little further than photography but in order to fully feel space, we have to be there on the spot and use all our senses to experience it.
Working with a generous portfolio of national and international clients, my work has already been awarded an honorable mention by Architizer A + Awards, being one of twenty photographers selected from all over the world to be present in the 15th International Exhibition of Architecture – La Biennale di Venezia 2016.
My work mainly focuses on photographing architectural projects, in general remarkable ones, conceived by the most recognized studios, and frequently published in the most proeminent architecture and photography magazines worldwide.
I was born in Lisbon, a well known city by its inspiring light, imagery and cinematographic routes. An unavoidable origin especially to whom deals with creativity and image. Along my way, I have crossed different areas of knowledge and interests, from architecture to music, from directing to producing, until I reached a more profound and complete dedication to architecture photography.
My work reflects this same dialectics, with an immanent approach even in the simpler shots. A life in space made of natural light, no artifices, nor cosmetic interventions.
Photo: The Wall House in Portugal designed by Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
Fabrice Fouillet lives in Paris and works in France and abroad.
After university education (Sociology and Ethnology), he studied Photography at The Gobelins School in Paris.
Since 2004, he has been collaborating with advertising agencies and magazines in the areas of Architecture ans Still Life.
His personal research aims to explore the notion of identity and the close relationship of men with their environment.
He participated in group exhibitions and international photography festivals.
In 2013, his series on new places of worship, “Corpus Christi”, won the Sony Awards in the category « Architecture ».
2018 India Architecture Dialogue, New Delhi, India
2017 Le printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France
Circulation(s) at Shanghai, IG Art Gallery
Building Images, Architektur Galerie, Berlin
Building Images, Sto Werkstatt, London
2016 World Architecture Festival with Arcaid Images, Berlin
Scale of representation, Immix Gallery, Paris
L’art du beau, studio des acacias, Paris
2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016. Shortlisted
2013 LensCulture Exposure awards. Finalist
One life Photo, Places Category. Winner
Grand Prix de la découverte. Jury Awards of Merit
Foto Visura Grant. Honorable mention
Sony World Photography Awards, Architecture category. Winner « Corpus Christi »
Prix « réponse Photo » Boutographies 2013
Photo: Port House in Belgium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Naaro is an architectural photography studio focused on creating inspiring visual narratives of innovative architecture around the world.
We believe every architectural project is unique and adapt our creative approach and storytelling techniques to the distinctiveness of each individual project to bring out its characteristics at its best. This could be either through striking photography or moving images or through a combination of both.
Naaro’s vision is the result of founders Freya Najade and Marcela Spadaro’s combined expertise. Freya is an award-winning photographer whose strength lies within the documentation of the social and built environments. Marcela trained as an architect and prior to co-founding Naaro, worked for over 10 years at the forefront of innovative architecture with Zaha Hadid Architects. Freya and Marcela’s complementary skills and unique combination of backgrounds allow them to approach each project in new creative multifaceted ways.
Publishers & Publications featuring Naaro’s photographs include: The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Thames & Hudson, Phaidon, Domus, Wallpaper, ICON, Architectural Digest, GA, Elle Decoration & Surface Magazine, among others.
Freya and Marcela teach architectural photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
Photo: Minima | Maxima in Kazakhstan designed by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY
Swee C Oh
Swee C Oh
Swee Oh, an internationally acclaimed Architecture Photographer, is based in San Francisco, California USA. She is originally from Malaysia. Her professional background in architecture, and her artistic eye, combine to create stunning architectural photographs that have won prestigious awards. Swee’s visual world is deeply influenced by how she uses light, form, shadows and textures in her work.
Additionally, her interest in people has led to memorable street photography* and street portraiture*. All of her photographs, whether architectural or street tell visual stories that stir emotions and hold the viewer’s attention.
Swee is also a Hasselblad Heroine 2020, was awarded the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award 2016 for the Architecture Category and 1st Place Sony World Photography Award 2016 for the Open Category for Arts and Culture.
My background in architecture influences how I interpret a building through photography. When I am designing I think of space, lines, volumes, positive/negative space, the experience when one moves around and through the building. All of these intuitions help me to understand a building better, and enable me to reveal and highlight its essence in the images I produce.
I enjoy the challenge of combining both the artistic and the technical in my photography, to achieve a story that will attract the attention of a viewer. Photographing details or textures. Studying different angles that capture my attention. Making use of light, contrast, and shadows to create depth. Of course framing and composition are crucial in constructing the narrative of the image.
I like that each building/project has it own challenges. That each one pushes me to find new meaning and expression each time, demanding that I bring out the soul of the subject, and allow it to live.
Photo: Seri Wawasan Bridge in Putrajaya, Malaysia – Designed by Perbadanan Putrajaya
Cape Town-based South African photographer Wianélle Briers specialises in architecture, art and construction photography. She has a unique approach to photography and explores beyond conventional points of view, conveying an artistic portrayal of the essence of architectural form. Dynamic mood, shape, light, and contrast, as well as construction methodology and materials, all serve as her inspiration.
Commissioned by world-renowned international and local architects and artists, her work includes projects at Venice Architecture Biennale, MAXXI Museum – Rome, Oslo Opera House and Zeitz MOCAA – Cape Town. Her photographs have been widely published and exhibited. Her book Spirit of Place, published in 2013, was very well received by the architecture community.
Photo: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in South Africa designed by Heatherwick Studio
Graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1992, Aldo Amoretti worked as an architect until 2005 and won numerous prizes in national and international competitions.
In 2005, Amoretti started his free-lance photographer work.
Amoretti has been collaborating with various international architects such as Peter Zumthor, BIG Bjarke Ingels, Snhoetta, Auer Weber, J.L Mateo, amongst others.
In 2017, he won the worldwide Architizer A+Award with his photographs of Peter Zumthor’s Mine Zinc Museum in Sauda Norway.
In 2018 he was one of the five finalists of the international Architectural Photography Awards.
In 2019, he won the A+Award in both categories with his images of BIG’s Amager Ressource Center in Copenhagen.
In 2020 he won the third prize at the IPA International Photography Awards Lucie Fundation, New York.
His architectural photographs have been published in major architecture magazine such as The Architectural Review, Casabella, Detail, Abitare, and others.
His work has been exhibited in international exhibitions such as Biennale Venice, La Gelerie d’Architecture in Paris, National Museum Architecture in Oslo, amongst others.
Photo: Reef Island Luxury Guesthouse Residence in Bahrain designed by Jalal AlNajjar Architect, Chris Briffa Architects
I was born in Salamanca (Spain) 44 years ago. During my studies of Architecture I did numerous trips around Europe, where I began to associate architecture with photography, thanks to the wonderful attitude that offers you to travel. I graduated as architect in 2003 in the ETSAVA.
I have started my professional life, as a photographer and as an architect, in Holland. As an architect, in Mecanoo studio, where I was able to know the atmosphere of a great international study. As a photographer, as assistant of the photographer-artist Hans Wilschut, to whom I owe my introduction in the world of technical cameras and large-format photography.
I have worked as a photographer semi-professional , complementing my work as an architect and researcher, between the years 2006 – 2013. This year 2013, I have professionalized my work until 2017 when I decided to dedicate completely to the architectural photography and to create my own agency.
At present I collaborate with several architecture studies and other companies of the scope of the building of continuous way receiving orders in different points of the Spanish geography.
Photo: Agora Space in Valladolid, Spain – Designed by Julián Zapata Jiménez + Pablo Moreno Mansilla
While Ishita Sitwala has studied architecture from renowned institutes namely Bachelors Of Architecture from SCET, Surat and Masters in Architecture from Cornell University, no later than 3 years into the practice, she ventured into making a career out of her love for photography.
The passion for documenting and capturing buildings budded quite early, while studying architecture, going back to the basics of photography through Lomography and later in Chicago, documenting each & every building during her few months there. But love inspired her to change her path completely. Getting married to an educator who also happened to be a marvelous photographer, Ravi Mistry, re-wrote the success story for her.
It was at this time that a few college friends gave her her first break at documenting their projects, one project led to another but her eye for details fastened her the way through this new field. She was lucky enough to have gotten published quickly , got to document many privileged projects with some fabulous architects and designers and she has not looked back ever since.
Photo: Northstar School in India designed by Shanmugam Associates
Architecture and interiors photographer Connie Zhou is a Chinese born photographer raised in New York City.
“My name is Connie Zhou, I’m an architecture, interiors, and landscape photographer based in New York City. Traveling and exploring is where I draw most of my inspirations from. I’m obsessed with modern architecture and finding the latest structures that looks like something from outer space. Anything larger than life that looks like a spaceship!”
Photo: The Broad Museum in USA designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Darren is an American architectural photographer with a passion for mid-century modern architecture and design.
Born in 1972 in Honolulu, HI, Darren took his first pictures for a photography class while a freshman in high school. He was instantly hooked. He took his camera everywhere, turned his parents’ laundry into his darkroom, became the school newspaper photographer, and worked at a darkroom in college – but his obsession eventually faded, and when he moved to France to finish his schooling in 1995, he didn’t even bring a camera with him.
Upon returning to the US in 1998, he and his wife rented a mid-century modern house in Palm Springs, CA, and he was smitten. He began researching, exploring and appreciating modernist architecture more and more. This new awareness also rekindled his love of photography as he sought to document the buildings he was discovering. Things started taking off from there…
Darren’s work has now appeared in large-format art books, academic and professional architecture journals, and lifestyle magazines around the world. He regularly accepts commissions from architects, builders, developers and homeowners.
Based in San Diego, CA, Darren is an avid and active supporter of historical preservation efforts, volunteering for organizations including the San Diego Architectural Foundation, La Jolla Historical Society, Docomomo, and Palm Springs Modernism Week. Darren speaks French with native fluency, and holds a degree in history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Photo: New York State Museum
I am an architectural photographer based in New Delhi, India. I like to photograph spaces, and hope to be able to create visuals that can prompt a discourse about architecture itself. In my free time, I also like to do a bit of writing, having written articles for a global architecture magazine, and audio scripts for a famous tourist destination in India, sponsored by Incredible India.
Photo: The Village Café in India – Designed by portal92
Nic has been an architectural photographer for over 20 years, and a passionate observer of light, architecture and the human condition his entire life.
His worked is grounded in the rigour of large format film photography that defined his earlier career. That rigour is combined with a truly progressive approach to the documentation of spaces with people. His work has a uniquely strong and distinct signature. It is informed by the traditions of architectural photography, the sensitivities of modern photojournalism, and a keen understanding of both architecture and the way people move within a space.
Using an arsenal of medium format photographic tools and lighting techniques, Nic relies primarily on in-camera approaches to documentation and less on postproduction digital manipulation.
Nic works closely with some of the world’s most respected architects, defining in photographs what makes their work unique. His work has been published regularly in every major architectural publication, and in hundreds of books. His work has also been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally.
His interests in social documentary work has resulted in several personal projects that bridge architecture and society. Some of these include:
The adobe architecture and people of the Dogon, Mali
Mazar-i-Shariff: An urban exploration of an Afghani City at the crossroads
Dystopia: Explorations in a marginal landscape of post-modernist America
Dystopia explorations of contrasts and contradictions in China
Modernism in Cuba 1950-1970
Nic is French Canadian in origin, and lives in Western North America with his wife and daughter.
Photo: Springdale Library & Komagata Maru Park in Canada – Designed by RDHA
Jack Lovel is an architectural photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. With ten years worth of experience, Jack has worked with some of the leading architects and design practices in the field including Splinter Society, Carr Design, Christopher Elliott and Biasol. His editorial work has featured in global publications like Dwell, Elle Decoration, Houses and Habitus.
Alongside his freelance practice, Jack has spent the past three years documenting Iwan Iwannoff’s architectural legacy in Western Australia, culminating in a 2019 exhibition entitled The Architecture of Iwan Iwanoff – Through the lens of Jack Lovel at Perth’s There Is Studio. This body of work was initially inspired by the Iwanoff-designed Jordanoff house that Jack grew up in, and is a testament to his long fascination with – and passion for – contemporary architecture.
Photo: Studio House in Melbourne, Australia – Designed by Zen Architects
Jeffrey Totaro has had a life-long interest in design and construction. Before becoming a photographer, he worked as an architect and structural engineer for a prominent Philadelphia firm. During his education and early career, his strong interest in design was coupled with an interest in photographing architecture and interiors. A self-taught photographer, Jeffrey transitioned to professional photography in 1996 and has since built an impressive portfolio of commercial, residential, and institutional photography for leading firms in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Washington DC and elsewhere around the country.
Jeffrey’s education and professional experience as an architect and engineer make him well-suited to photograph the built environment. His photographs capture design intent, structural complexity, and architectural detail to best illustrate each projects significance. He values a collaborative relationship with clients and considers it an essential part of the process for successful photography. Responsive and understanding, Jeffrey’s patience and commitment to capturing the essence of a design is evident in the images he produces. His meticulous attention to detail throughout the photographic process includes advance scouting of locations, careful arrangement of views for elegant and clean compositions, technical proficiency and creativity in the appropriate use of lighting, and the latest in high-resolution digital technology.
Jeffrey holds an architectural engineering degree from Drexel University. He has served as co-chair on ASMP’s Architectural Specialty Group, a worldwide society of professional architectural photographers. From mid 2006 to mid 2008 he was in collaboration with Esto Photographics, one of the world’s leading providers of architectural stock photography. He has been co-instructor for a workshop in Chicago with camera manufacturer Phase One, and also teaches an annual week-long workshop in architectural photography for the Palm Beach Photographic Workshops.
Photo: Training Recreating Education Center in USA – Designed by IKON.5 Architects
Tekla Evelina Severin spells c-o-l-o-u-r-s, right?. Colour addict with an BA in interior architecture and furniture design Tekla tends to seek (and find) the lines, shapes and distinguished colours in every object, landscape or surroundings.
With Stockholm as her basecamp, her role and assignments shifts fluidly between working as an photographer, art director, interior architect, set designer, colourist, and trend forecaster all around the world.
Recently listed by Deezen as one of the top ten architectural photographers in the world. Her broad use of colours equals the variety in her client list; Vogue Brazil, NCS Colour Institute, IKEA, Sightunseen, Air France, Levi’s, Another Magazine, Institut Kunst Basel, Elle Interior UK and Matter Matters, amongst others.
Did her first solo exhibition in Guatemala City and has now also been exhibited in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm, Reykjavik and New York.
Photo: Camille’s House for Lego in London UK – designed by CMTB Works + Walala Studio
Spain + Italy
Del Rio Bani
Del Rio Bani
Spain + Italy
DEL RIO BANI is an Architectural Photography Duo based in Barcelona. Gael del Río and Luca Bani have been sharing their eyes and philosophy since 2017.
Gael del Río (Barcelona, 1990) studied Architecture at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona where she graduated in 2015. She stumbled upon photography in the final stretch of her degree during her exchange year at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. It was there where she attended “Architecture After Dark” given by the architecture and landscape photographer Erieta Attali.
From that moment on, her personal and professional life turned progressively in that direction, completing her photography studies at IEFC and Grisart and working hand in hand for several years with architectural photographer Jordi Surroca.
Nowadays, as well as being professionally dedicated to architectural photography she develops personal projects which have been exhibited in Mutuo Art Center (Barcelona), Voies Off Festival (Arles) and Fotofever (Paris), among others.
Her photobook “Evocare” was finalist of the DOC Field Dummy Award 2017 and she received the 3rd prize in the Momowo International Photography Competition for her series “2 Architects in 1 apartment” in which she explores the relationship established by two architects and their domestic environment .
Luca Bani (Pisa, 1982) graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence in 2012 where he also worked as Adjunct Professor for the course in Architectural and Urban Planning IV.
Over the following three years he worked as an architect in various studios and then moved to Madrid where he attended the “Master en Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónicas” at ETSAM.
It is on this occasion that, by attending various courses in analog and digital photography, he will begin to take an interest in the representation of architecture through images. In the coming years this will first become a passion and then a profession.
Photo: Illa Negra House in Spain – Designed by Javier Miquel Marcer
Michael Elkan Photographer | Architect RIBA MRAIC | PPOC AP
Michael understands the language of architecture and design.
He studied in the United Kingdom at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and went on to pursue an international career as an architect, first with Foster+Partners and then with Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners, in their London, Berlin, and Tokyo studios. Michael is now based in Vancouver, where he founded Michael Elkan Design Inc, a consultancy based on his extensive, in-depth design experience.
Throughout his career, making photographs and communicating architectural concepts through them, has been integral to Michael’s design methodology. The integrated skills and insights, gained in three decades of architectural practice at the highest level, now inform Michael’s creative process as an architectural photographer, on behalf of his award-winning clients.
Michael combines architectural design expertise with the craft of professional photography. He makes architectural photographs that evoke space, light, materiality, context, and human interaction. Fluent in the language of architecture, and skilled in translating his client’s vision into photographs, Michael is helping fellow architects, interior designers, engineering, and design consultants, tell the stories about their design accomplishments.
When Michael is not photographing buildings on assignment, he is making photographs that express his concern for environmental stewardship. Recent photographic expeditions have taken him to deserts, the high Arctic, and Antarctic polar regions: personal work portfolio
Photo: Floating House in Vancouver, Canada – Designed by Arno Matis Architecture
Hans Georg Esch was born in Neuwied in 1964, completed a classical training in photography and is active as an architectural photographer and filmmaker since 1989. Today he is one of the most important interpreters of the latest architecture and avant-garde design worldwide. In addition, he has developed a number of artistic concepts resulting in large series of images and books. In addition, he stages panoramas of cities and landscapes as wall-sized images or as walk-in rotundas set up in public places. HG Esch lives and works in Hennef / Stadt Blankenberg.
Photo: Cube Berlin designed by 3XN Architects
Award-winning architectural and industrial photographer Kristopher Grunert has been making photographs for two decades, working in Canada, United States, Europe, Mexico and China.
Grunert uses lines, atmosphere, movement, and light to capture cinematic compositions. He is especially interested in energy, design, technology, natural resources, structures, and community, always with a sense of journey.
My passion for photography is fuelled by my deep appreciation and fascination for human achievement. I am moved by the architects, artists, designers, engineers, and builders who shape the world around us. My mission is to document their accomplishments and translate their aspirations. I am incredibly proud of my clients for their vision and courage to continually push boundaries. I am grateful for the opportunities they bring and the experiences we share. It is an honour to contribute to their success.
Photo: Maritime Link Project for ABB Inc.
Juliette Alexandre is an architectural photographer and photographer of craftsmen & artists. She is based between Paris and Nantes and captures the built across France. Since graduating from ESTP, her outlook on architecture has developed in the building world, both on sites and under study. As if through transparency through the lens, the images produced directly transcribe reality. The simple and precise framing of the subject fixes the gaze on the place and lets it express itself as it is itself.
Photo: Vaudancourt Apartment designed by Atelier Philippe Papy
I work with Architects, Construction Companies and Interior Designers who have come to trust my creative direction to produce high quality images for their marketing, awards submissions, documenting and project bidding purposes.
Having dealt with all kinds of situations, set backs and surprises that the realities of an architecture project can throw at me, I feel that my experience has taught me how to prepare, mitigate and act for the best outcome.
I work comfortably in both stills photography and video, applying the same skills to both disciplines. My images and films are used throughout the world, in print, online and for live presentations and some of my video work has been translated into Mandarin and shown in China and one project in particular has become part of the Oxford University Press course materials for English language.
Most of the projects I photograph are in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Alberta and Ontario however I do welcome enquires for projects in the UK and USA.
My clients range from international multi-office firms to small boutique practices, but everyone gets the same first class treatment.
Photo: Dalhousie Fitness Centre by MJMA and FBM
José Hevia (Palma de Mallorca, 1976). Studied Fine arts (UB/BBAA) and general photography at the l’Institut d’estudis fotogràfics de Catalunya (IEFC). Stablishes as a specialized landscape and architecture photographer in 2003. Took part as a photographer in the editorial team of Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme (ED.COAC) 2003-2005. He realized different documentary works about modern spanish architecture (2G nº33 Coderch 10+1 casas ED. GG, Guia de arquitectura Moderna de catalunya 1880-2007 COAC, Fundación DOCOMOMO, Monografía Alejandro de la Sota ED. Fundación ARQUIA). Collaborates regularly with architecture offices, institutions and media, combining with freelance projects. In 2014 made the large format photography for the exhibition, curated by Iñaki Ábalos, in Spanish pavillion for the 14º Venice Architecture Biennale.
Photo: Pestalozzistrasse in Switzerland – Designed by Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten
A Los Angeles native who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Lara was a student of film theory and media at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School in Philadelphia, as well as at the Sorbonne’s Center for Film and Critical Studies in Paris, and holds degrees in Media Studies and French Literature.
Lara shoots on assignment for architecture and design firms around the country, and has been published in Architect, Architectural Record, Gray, LUXE, Metropolis, Minnesota Architect, the New York Times, Northwest Home, Residential Architect, Seattle Magazine, Texas Architect and Wallpaper*. Her images have been included in books and exhibits nationally and internationally. She has contributed to and authored over 5 books with publisher Documentary Media, most notably, PROCESS: Seattle Central Library, INSPIRED: Churches of Seattle, and in the works, New and Reimagined Libraries of The American South and West. Lara was invited by NGO Meridian International Center to participate in an architecture delegation to the UAE November of 2019, sponsored by the Embassy of the UAE in the US.
Architizer named Lara one of the prestigious 12 top Women in Architecture Photography internationally in 2018. She was made an Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
Photo: Wahat Al Karama War Memorial in Abu Dhabi – Designed by Idris Kahn Architect
SERGIO GRAZIA is a professional photographer specializing in architectural images.
Since 1995 he has divided his activity between photography and architecture.
In 2003, he moved to France and worked as an architect for a few Parisian agencies.
At the same time, he continued to practice photography, specializing in architectural images.
Since 2010 he has devoted himself entirely to photography and his dual gaze has given him the opportunity to produce a large number of reports throughout France and abroad.
Today his architectural images are published regularly in specialized press around the world.
Photo: Arbre Blanc in France – Designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné, Oxo Architectes and Dimitri Roussel
Lauren Engel is a Los Angeles videographer and photographer. She grew up in Hong Kong and lived there for 20 years. Lauren picked up her camera 10 years ago where she initially focused on fashion photography.
A few years later, Lauren’s fashion photography got published in Vogue France, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, GQ Paris, and much more. From growing up in a design forward city like Hong Kong, Lauren’s interest has since swiveled to architecture and interior videography and photography.
Photo: Nike HQ LA, WE3 Offices in Playa Vista, LA , USA – Designed by Bestor Architecture
My main role is to help both large and small architectural practices raise their profiles. Through carefully composed and illuminated imagery.
I also shoot portraits and occasionally I complete advertising campaigns for international clients. Often these involve combining movement, interiors and lighting. So I am used to working in a self dependent way and also with large crews depending upon the client and project.
When I am working on my own, I try to create images which subtly convey the intentions of the designer. It’s the delicate shots which often tell the best story.
I particularly enjoy investigating body language within architectural/interior photography. Normally through predicting how people will move rather than art directing them. My work within the dance community has helped me improve my understanding of this.
Nick Guttridge grew up in a family of architects who ran their own practice. He chose not to study architecture and completed a BA in Product Design from Central Saint Martins in 1997. After graduating, he couldn’t deny his interest and found himself helping prominent architectural photographers. Within a short time he was accepting commissions of his own.
In 2014 Nick was commissioned by Allies & Morrison to document the new home for ‘Rambert’ just behind the National Theatre. Through this Nick started to investigate dance using Profoto lighting. It has been wonderful to play with scale, proportion and composition with world class dancers. The technical camera Nick normally uses for architecture/interiors has proven to be very compatible for shooting movement.
Shooting short films is increasingly important. If you are interested to discuss filming your projects please do get in touch. There are various ways of approaching this according to your budget and timescale.
Photo: Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi, UAE – Designed by AHR
PEDRO KOK (1984), brazilian photographer, works with and researches photography and videography of architecture, urban structures and cities. Graduate architect from the Architecture and Urbanism Faculty of the University of São Paulo in 2009. Master of Arts in Fine Arts by the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (MaHKU) in 2011.
Pedro has contributed with photographs and films for several international publications, such as Arquitectura Viva (ES), ArchitectuurNL (NL); AU, Projeto Design, Bamboo (BR), Okolo (CZ), Summa+ (AR); and online publications ArchDaily, PlataformaArquitectura, Dezeen and DesignBoom. Pedro was a regular contributor to the Italian magazine Domus and its portal domusweb from 2010 to 2013. Currently, he is one of the organizers of the filming architecture workshop programme.
Pedro has contributed for exhibitions and archives at the Centre Georges Pompidou (FR), MAXXI, La Biennale di Venezia, La Triennale di Milano (IT), Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo – MAM and Tomie Ohtake Institute (BR).
Pedro is currently based in São Paulo, Brazil, and is available for assignments worldwide.
Photo: São Paulo-Morumbi Metro and Bus Station in São Paulo, Brazil – Designed by 23 Sul Arquitetura
Hiepler, Brunier, is working for numerous international clients, design and advertising agencies, for a lot of magazines and architects.
Their work has been shown in many galleries and museums all over Europe.
The work of Hiepler, Brunier, received more than twenty awards, e.g. at the adc in Germany, Switzerland and in the USA, the one show in New York, the New York festivals, the lead awards in Germany and the Cannes Lions.
Together with Marcus Bredt, Morganne Renou and Simon Schnepp of Schnepp Renou Hiepler, Brunier, are founding members of the collective Neue Langeweile.
David Hiepler, was born on the 1st of august in 1969 in Lank-Latum. he grew up in Düsseldorf and Basel, Switzerland. from 1992–1994 he studied photography at Lette-Verein, Berlin. Since 1996 he has been working with Fritz Brunier.
Fritz Brunier was born on the 20th of march in 1972 in Krumbach. he grew up in Bad Wörishofen. From 1992–1994 he studied photography at Lette-Verein, berlin. Since 1996 he has been working with David Hiepler.
Photo: Atlas Munchen in Germany designed by OCHS Schmidhuber Architekten
Gabrielle Aquadro is a South African born Architect, Photographer and Artist. At the age of 7 she took part in her first prominent group Art Exhibition held at the Standard Bank National Art Gallery in Johannesburg. Between the ages of 7-12 she took part in a series of different group exhibitions held at both the Standard Bank National Art Gallery and the Pretoria National Art Gallery. After finishing High school at Kingsmead College in 2007, she went on to complete her master’s in architecture (M.Arch) at the University of Cape Town in 2013. Following the completion of her master’s she worked for the award winning South African Architectural practice Daffonchio and Associates. It was during this time where she started to develop her architectural photography so much so that she decided to pursue her photography and architectural career overseas. In 2016 she moved to London, to work for the oldest Danish Architectural firm, C.F. Moller Architects. Since moving to London, she has had a range of photographic exhibitions in Stockholm, done online takeovers for platforms such as Archilovers, her work is regularly published on a range of prominent digital and printed platforms and over the years her work has won several photographic and architectural competitions. Her love for photography has her chasing down her favorite buildings throughout the world, now she is currently working on a Spanish Series which is due to be showcased in the upcoming months. Photography plays an integral role in the way in which she designs her architecture. Her motto throughout all her creations is to always ‘look beyond the obvious’ and to her that means capturing moments that abstract well known structures. By removing context and highlighting the unusual colours in the facades she finds that the buildings/structures take on a more dream-like state, a reality within a reality, which echoes the aesthetics of her early childhood artworks.
Photo: The memory strider: Location: Monumentos aos Combatentes do Ultramar, in Lisbon, Portugal