World Photography Day: Conversations with 15 architectural photographers
Over the years, ArchDaily has brought us the most innovative architectural projects through the eyes of creative specialist photographers. Their photographs bring us closer to the works, reflect the vision of the architects and, above all, convey and generate a wide variety of emotions.
From talking to these talented photographers, we can understand at least a little how they feel when they take on an architectural project with a camera in hand.
Below, 15 photographers share with us their thoughts on their role, the representation of spaces, and the daily joys of their work.
The key element to a great architecture shot is great architecture, without great architecture we are nothing
Read more about our conversation with London photographer Edmund Sumner here.
The opening question I ask myself at the beginning of each session is: What story is being unraveled here? I use landscape as a medium to talk about architecture and vice versa
Read more about our conversation with architecture and landscape photographer Erieta Attali here.
As architectural photographers, we must actively explore the boundaries of photography, build on strengths and avoid weaknesses, and use these special tools to serve the industry and actively promote the dissemination and exchange of architectural culture
Read more about our conversation with Chinese photographer FangFang Tian here.
Our goal is not just to capture a scene, but to capture the atmosphere that the architect has in mind for a project
Read more about our conversation with the Spanish duo responsible for Imagen Subliminal here.
The profession of photographer in architecture has evolved a lot. They’ve taken on more responsibilities, gained more enemies (laughs), have become more relevant (even more so than when pursuing their own projects), and are in entirely new territory
Read more about our conversation with Juan Alberto Andrade and Cuqui Rodriguez, co-founders of architectural photography and audiovisual communication agency JAG Studio.
Aside from the formalities and pressure that one can have for a job, there is something incredible about being able to be alone with a building. It’s a job that has many hidden rewards
Read more about our conversation with Argentinian architect, editor and architectural photographer Javier Agustín Rojas here.
[I like to photograph architecture] Because every once in a while someone stands in front of it and does the most unexpected thing, and it completely changes the story of the picture. And I live to wait and be ready for it
Read more about our conversation with Brazilian architect, urbanist and photographer Joana França here.
A great building is a great building and people will discover it. I think facilitating this discovery is a great joy
Read more about the conversation with California-based photographer Joe Fletcher here.
I’m very attracted to the unexpected, I’m always looking for unique and random situations, a spontaneous synchronization of ‘decisive moments’, daily life around designed architecture in the built environment
Read more about our conversation with Romanian architect and photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu here.
I’ve always valued rectilinear framing, balanced compositions, and the stillness of space. I believe there is an inherent stillness to all photography, but in architectural photography this is even stronger
Read more about our conversation with Brazilian architecture and interior photographer Maíra Acayaba here.
How sound propagates in a room, the sense of materiality and texture, glass and reflections, etc. are physical interactions that cannot be perceived in a photograph. Photography is a very important tool to explain architecture, but we should never judge architecture based on a photograph alone.
Read more about our conversation with architect and architectural photographer Montse Zamorano here.
[The key elements for a great architectural shot are] A shy building and an overly pushy photographer!
Read more about our conversation with New Delhi-based architectural photographer Nivevitaa Gupta here.
When the photographer and the work merge, the soul of the project emerges, revealing what others don’t see
Read more about our conversation with Chilean photographer Pablo Casals Aguirre here.
One should remember that an image is a combination of emotion, narrative and technique
Read more about our conversation with Rodrigo Dávila here.
I think being objective is just impossible. I accept the fact that a photograph becomes subjective to me the very moment I decide to press the shutter button. It is always a filtered version of reality, an understanding that becomes an interpretation (…)
Read more about our conversation with Italian photographer Simone Bossi here.