No matter in what field of work you are, you would always want your expertise highlighted. Today, architects are intrinsically aware of the power of photography to spread ideas as well as to spread a vision of how the world can be.

Architectural photography is about considering the experience of space and the symbolic value of architecture, and try and caption the experience of, not just the building, but moving through the building.

Late in 1860s, architectural photography became an acknowledged visual medium, and by the middle of the 20th century, architects started collaborating with photographers consistently. They display cultural significance, and manifest trends in societies, which is an important matter of photography and its purpose of documentation. Photos were used to record their work. All the photographs portraying the different form of architecture at different timeline is an extraordinary medley —certainly too rich a collection to be thought of only as a survey of ways in which photographers have perceived architecture. It is that, of course, but it is also a document of architecture itself, a kind of history of human settlements and great cities, as well as buildings. Thus, the need to capture and immortalize their works in photos was important and invaluable.

In today’s world, we’re overwhelmed by the expansion of imagery, architectural and otherwise. We’re astonished by beautiful photos of buildings every day and incredibly attuned to the power of photography.

Exhibiting architecture is just a protagonist with which to look at the world. To recognize how photography can be used as a medium, not to just look at the intentions of architects but their lived experience and lived reality, and at the same time also explore the symbolic value of architecture in the photographic medium. That way, the architecture is disseminated but also the way that the architects view their work, and therefore consider their work.

Architecture design development and discovery where photography can be integrated

  • Photographs can be used to change the scale and experience of small scale models making them imaginable as an inhabitable and real environment.
  • Qualities of light and space can be imagined and photography can create unexpected imaginary realizations when designing.
  • Imaginations can be stirred by photographing existing architecture. Discoveries about a building can be made through photography.
  • Light can be captured as it changes with time. Perception can change when photographs are taken from unexpected angles.


Curated by – Shubhangi Shukla

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