GSAPP displays unusual + intriguing photographs of famed architectural models with "Stagecraft: Models and Photos"
Photographer James Ewing was given a studio and several weeks to creatively photograph architectural models made by students of the Columbia GSAPP between 1994 and 2003. The resulting work will form a show, "Stagecraft: Models and Photos," that opens at the GSAPP on February 9th.Featuring... View full entry
Vernacular architectural photographer John Margolies has died
Mr. Margolies, who died on May 26, at 76, was considered the country’s foremost photographer of vernacular architecture — the coffee shops shaped like coffeepots; the gas station shaped like a teapot (the Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Wash.); and the motels shaped like all manner of things, from wigwams to zeppelins to railroad cars — that once stood as proud totems along America’s blue highways.
— The New York Times
In memoriam, here are a few of Margolies' idiosyncratic finds, many of which were compiled into the 2010 book "John Margolies: Roadside America":Other architectural photographers who are still doing their signature thing:Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architectureBêka &... View full entry
Bêka & Lemoine's cinematic canon acquired by MoMA
The way a building is envisioned to interact with people versus the way it actually does can be dramatically different, which is why the 16 films of Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are both aesthetically stunning and humanistically delightful. MoMA has acquired the pair's entire collection of work... View full entry
Feast your eyes on these sci fi-inspired photos of Belgrade's Brutalist buildings
These buildings aren't from a distant galaxy far, far away. They're here on Planet Earth, specifically in Belgrade, Serbia. Locally based photographer Mirko Nahmijas wanted to give a new perspective to some of his hometown's historically-loaded Brutalist structures in his photo series... View full entry
Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai
Graham Fink has been documenting the demolition sites of Shanghai for five years, trying to capture the state of flux during this period of rapid urbanisation. His Ballads of Shanghai exhibition is at London’s Riflemaker gallery until Sunday.
— the Guardian
With an eye for the juxtaposition of graphic imagery and demolition sites, Graham Fink takes fascinating images of a city under the midst of mass transformations. His camera is drawn, in particular, to remnants of street art and commercial advertisements. For other depictions of the built... View full entry
Artist creates real-life "Inception" style photography
Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş has created warped, three dimensional photographic portraits of various cities, buildings, and landscapes around the world that bring to mind both the trippy dreamscapes of "Inception" and the curved future dwellings in "Interstellar." According to his Facebook... View full entry
Photos of MAD's Harbin Opera House released
Majestic doesn't cover it—to judge by these photos by Adam Mørk and Hufton+Crow, MAD's new 850,000 square foot Harbin Opera House located on the titular Chinese city's Cultural Island is approaching a masterpiece.With two theaters (The Grand Theater seats 1,600, the Small Theater 400) and a... View full entry
Editor's Picks #437
Nicholas Korody penned a double review; of 'The Geological Imagination' and 'The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform'. He finds "The two books also help illuminate some of the difficulties in perceiving climate change, while offering some potentials for movement" and goes on to reference... View full entry
Architecture in the age of photoshop
Architectural photography is supposed to be different from the airbrushed images of nude women that are about to disappear from the centerfold of Playboy magazine. But what if an edited photograph of a building doesn't just crop out visual clutter like street lights but alters the contours of the building itself? What should we think about an architectural award that was bestowed on the basis of such a doctored image?
— Blair Kamin | Chicago Tribune
In his column, Kamin scrutinizes the recent awarding of an honor award to El Centro, a building designed by Juan Moreno, by the Chicago branch of the AIA. Apparently, the architects provided the jurors with a photoshopped image of the building, notably erasing the clunky air circulation machines... View full entry
Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architecture
Many in the west too often think of Beirut as a city scarred by war and terror. But the capital of Lebanon is a beautiful, modern city, one utterly remade after the country’s civil war ended in 1990. Gleaming skyscrapers tower over historic and pre-war modernist architecture, drenched in color and bathed in sunlight. It provides no end of inspiration for Serge Najjar, whose gorgeous photos of the city fill his Instagram.
"A lean and sneakily ambitious show," Christopher Hawthorne reviews Wayne Thom's retrospective at WUHO Gallery
You're familiar with pretty much every phase of Julius Shulman's long career as an architectural photographer. You started following the globe-trotting Iwan Baan on Instagram way before he became a design-world celebrity. You can't recommend Ezra Stoller's black-and-white pictures of midcentury Manhattan highly enough.
But Wayne Thom? The name may draw a blank.
— LA Times
Squared: digitally altered mash-ups form imaginative architectural photo series
For the 'Square in Square' series, Brooklyn-based photographer Oliver Michaels creates geometric images by combining various architectural elements into one piece digitally. His photo collages are neatly arranged into a square and are made of "parts of different buildings captured in a chosen area or route".
Here are a few more of the London-born photographer's digital mash-ups: View full entry
Photographing 5,000+ pubs in London
For the past seven years, Ewan has been painstakingly researching London's pubs, both past and present, cataloguing them and taking photos before uploading details to his online database Pubology...his mission is to photograph every pub in London – although, as he tells me, it's difficult to know just how close he is to that goal.
Estimating the total number of pubs in London at somewhere around 5,000, photographer Ewan Munro has tried to draw some distinctions to limit the scope of his massive project. For example, how does one define London, and how does one define a pub versus a bar?From historic, centuries-old... View full entry
Pedro E. Guerrero spotlighted in latest episode of PBS' "American Masters", premiering Sept. 18
Photographers who shoot the work of famous artists are rarely celebrated in their own right...'Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey'...tracks the career of Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012), a Mexican American photographer from Mesa, Arizona, who, at age 22, got his first job taking photos for Wright during the construction of his Taliesin West complex...
Check out a preview of the documentary below.More about architectural photography on Archinect:Pedro Guerrero, FLW's photographer, Dies at 95Pedro E. Guerrero: Frank Lloyd Wright's photographerHélène Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography... View full entry
He’d traveled the world on assignment, compiling a trove of dazzling images — the soaring, dusk-lit arches of the Metropolitan Opera; the golden, cathedral-like spires of the General Electric Building; the limestone prism of a Saudi Arabian bank jutting above the Red Sea.
— NYT - Sunday Magazine
Alex Hoyt penned a tribute to his uncle, the late architectural photographer Wolfgang Hoyt, who died on October 17, 1996. View full entry