Sometimes the architecture is the star of the photograph other-times the architecture is the subject and the photograph is the showstopper. Noteworthy architectural photographers, Ezra Stoller, Iwan Baan, Lucien Hervé, Julius Shulman, Erieta Attali, and Hisao Suzuki capture architecture that will leave you speechless by the sheer fact that they are amazing photographers. Architectural photography on occasion is so powerful in their representation their images will forever represent the building’s the photograph.
Architectural photography is an art which two-dimensionally represents the essence of the three-dimensional built form and the architect’s idea and vision. We can aspire to their work and look at their talent not just as a mastery of technique but also a unique and insightful way they see space, light and lines. Their photos and career inspire my architectural photography i hope you take a moment to notice the talent of this small collection of images which represent architecture in a magical way.
Ezra Stoller was born in Chicago, 1915, but grew up in New York. When he was a student he photographed buildings, models and sculpture. In 1942 he was drafted to work as a photographer for the Army Signal Corps Photo Center. Stoller had a long architectural photography career, working closely with Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Meier, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, I.M. Pei, Gordon Bunshaft and Mies van der Rohe.
Many modern buildings are known by the iconic images Stoller created due to his talent at visualizing the formal and spatial aspirations of modernist architecture. In 1960 Ezra Stoller was awarded a medal for his photography, the first time the American Institute of Architects awarded a medal for architectural photography.
Ezra Stoller’s photographs are published in countless books and magazines:
Ezra Stoller received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1998 and died in 2004 in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Iwan Baan Photography
Iwan Baan was born in 1975 and raised outside of Amsterdam, he studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and worked in New York and Europe in publishing and documentary photography.
In 2005 he proposed that he document a project by OMA to Rem Koolhaas. The documentation of the construction and completion of OMA’s China Central Television (CCTV) building and National Olympic Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron’s in Beijing led to his career in architectural photography. Since he has photographed work by Frank Gehry, SANAA, Morphosis, Steven Holl, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Toyo Ito and Zaha Hadid.
His work is characterized by the portrayal of people in the architecture, the context, society and environment around architecture.
Books featuring Iwan Baan’s photography:
- Insular Insight – Where Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature
- No More Play: Conversations on Urban Speculation in Los Angeles and Beyond
- MAXXI: Zaha Hadid Architects: Museum of XXI Century Arts
Lucien Hervé Photography
Lucien Hervé was born in László Elkán, Hungry, and died in Paris at the age of 26. Known primarily for his architectural photography of Le Corbusier.
“Lucien Hervé is one of the rare photographers to combine a humanist outlook with an architect’s eye. His characteristic style of cropped frames, plunging or oblique views, and pared-down compositions tending toward abstraction distinguish his work from that of his contemporaries.”
Books on Lucien Hervé:
- Le Corbusier & Lucien Herve: A Dialogue Between Architect and Photographer
- Lucien Herve: Building Images
Julius Shulman Photography
Julius Shulman (1910 – 2009) was an American architectural photographer known for his photographs of the California modern architecture movement such as the iconic shots of the Case Study House #22, Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Pierre Koenig’s remarkable structures, have been published countless times.
“The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building’s surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs.”
Many of the buildings photographed by Shulman have since been demolished or re-purposed, lending to the popularity of his images. His vast library of images currently reside at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Books on Julius Shulman:
Erieta Attali Photography
Erieta Attali was born in Tel Aviv in 1966 and studied Photography at Goldsmith’s College, University of London.
Her talents are proven by her awards including Fulbright Artist Award in Architectural Photography, the Japan Foundation Artist Fellowship, and the Graham Foundation Grant, Chicago.
Attali’s career as an architectural photographer began by working internationally, being published in various books of architecture and periodicals and being exhibited in major museums and institutions. From 1992 to 2002 she worked in the field of Archaeological Photography. From 2003 she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architectural Photography at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York.
Work of Erieta Attali:
Hisao Suzuki Photography
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 Anotnio Gaudi, where he still resides, becoming immersed in contemporary architecture.
Suzuki is currently the principal photographer 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.”
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- 10 Architectural Photography Tips (architecturegroupie.wordpress.com)
- The Photographer Who Made Architects Famous (wnyc.org)
- Owen Hatherley on Photography and Modern Architecture (thephotographersgalleryblog.org)
- Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture (nommimarlik.wordpress.com)