In Focus is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?
In this feature, we talk to London-based Italian photographer, Agnese Sanvito.
What is your relationship with architecture? What drew you to architecture, as a photographer?
I started taking pictures while studying Fine Arts in Bologna. I’ve always been interested in capturing the urban landscape and documenting how a place develops and changes.
Currently I’m working on ‘Englishness’.Describe how you work... who are your clients?
Most of my work is commission-based and editorial. I work with architects, engineers, interior designers as well as organizations like London Festival of Architecture, RIBA, British Council.
At the same time, I work on my own personal project series which are also set in the urban environment, such as my Toilet series. Currently I’m working on ‘Englishness’.
Do you mostly work in a specific region? What is your travel schedule like?
I am based in London where I mainly work, but I also worked in Australia and in Italy where I’m from.
What is your goal when capturing buildings in photographs?
I aim to capture the feel of the place and enhance it with light and color.
What are your thoughts about including people in your photos? Is it important to photograph a building in use, or by itself?
Depends on the building. Especially in a public space, the presence of people is important. Their movement in the space activates the architecture and brings life into the image.
What are your favorite pieces of equipment?
Tripod and cable release, of course. In terms of camera I still love taking pictures on medium format with my Bronica 6x4.5 which is fairly light and easy to carry around.
Do you work alone?
Yes. I’d love to have someone helping with retouching – that’s the part of my job I detest.
How do you feel about seeing your photographs on blogs and websites?
I’m always very excited to see my pictures featured and share my work with other people.
Agnese Sanvito - Bio:
Italian born Agnese Sanvito studied Fine Arts in Bologna before moving to London where she is currently based. Her architectural work emphasizes the importance of light and structure.