Architectural Photography on Arkitecture on Web is the section dedicated to the gathering and analysis of all those photoshoots which focus on architecture and successfully capture its essence.
Architecture and photography - one has to recognise - share a special relationship.
The two disciplines, in fact, both speak a language whose lexicon consists of colours, volumes, lighting, perspective, composition and dynamism. Out of this common ground, the unique discipline of architectural photography is born.
In the articles you find below we try, therefore, to pay justice to this shared visual koiné by keeping the written word to a minimum and let architectural photography speak for itself.
Welcome to architectural photography!
About Architectural Photography
Architectural photography was pretty much born with photography itself. The first ever permanent photograph, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s 1827 aptly named point de vue (french for point of view) features a rural building in countryside France. It was the beginning of a longstanding and proficuous relationship between photography and architecture.
Architecture has always been a perfect subject for artists even before the birth of photography. Let us think about Raffaello’s The School of Athens, Piranesi’s etchings or Canaletto’s views of Venice, compositions which put a massive emphasis on architectural elements. It was only right that the newborn art of photography would also seek architecture as a subject.
Architectural photography, though, proved overtime to be way better than art at capturing the essence of architecture. With their hands free of technical constraints, architectural photographers could invest time and energy into exploring different points of view, perspectives, lightings, angles and compositions, in order to highlight the uniqueness of each architectural vision.
Over the decades, many photographers specialized into the field of architectural photography, each innovating in his and her own particular way. Francis Frith, Albert Levy, the Phyllis Dearborn and Robert Massar duo, Eric de Maré, Lucien Hervé (who worked closely with Le Corbusier), Hélène Binet (encouraged to take this path by Daniel Libeskind)
and Iwan Baan, to name a few photographers who dabbled - when not outright specialized - in architectural photography.
The latest technologies also contributed to expanding the discipline. Digital cameras now allow for longer exposure times and way easier perspective control, while ever cheaper drones with better cameras make way more affordable for architectural photographers to access aerial views of buildings and so better capture their spatiality.
Find out the latest trends and photoshoots in architectural photography below!
Through his work in Still Life as a young Danish photographer, Mikkel Jul Hvilshøj, presents in a minimalist and clean way some recipes where the choice of the colours, the geometrical juxtaposition of the raw materials, make them appear more like paintings.
Alberonero e Sirio Vanelli esplorano i luoghi alla ricerca di piccoli accadimenti, registrando immagini momentanee del paesaggio attraverso momenti di interazione e omaggio al vulcano, con trasparenze, modulazioni della luce e l’uso materico di tinte e cromie
L'artista e fotografa SofijaSilvia ha prodotto una raccolta di fotografie che risponde al patrimonio architettonico e paesaggistico dell'Hotel, che occupa un capolavoro modernista nel parco forestale al di fuori della città di Rovigno, in Croazia
Drew Harty is an American photographer who has travelled over 13,000 miles from Missisipi to the West Coast of the United States to complete a national survey of retail landscapes and the impact that window displays have on the Metropolitan Landscape
Rich McCor known as Paperboyo is referred to as a destructive vandal, because through the viewfinder of the camera he establishes a boundary that he transforms and embellishes through black pieces of maestrally cut paper
The multifaceted artist Virginia Panichi uses art through various forms, photography, painting and installation, her paintings are therefore more than performances and her a narrative follows a fine thread made of symbols
The young Hungarian photographer Tamas Dragon describes his city, Budapest, through the gaze of a childhood memory, sensing the space with his nose up. Fascinated by the courtyards of the old buildings, he proposes a new perspective of architecture
Photographer Anastasia Samoylova uses filterless research to create images of distant and evocative landscapes that she then composes, giving them an almost sculptural appearance. Each print evokes a certain sector of popular taste she interprets.
Photographer Joseph Ford and fashion creator Nina Dodd, collaborate in this project that is not only about photography, but " blending" through a game of perspectives, colours and geometries that are repeated at various levels, thus creating surreal images
The photographer Anastasia Samoylova provides evidence of climate change through her work. The project, which began in Miami in 2016, generated a process of analysis through which the artist understood the dissonance between the real estate market and the invasion of the ocean
Details that we see every day, captured by the camera of French artist Maxime Loriel, who describes how architecture can make our spaces beautiful if we know how to view it
Olivetti's universe is revisited through the images of his architecture, designed by the Architect Photographer Gianluca Giordano who with his work goes beyond representation and is the first photographer to apply for a Compasso d'oro (Golden Compass)