In the Summer of last year Phaidon released this highly inspirational handbook of contemporary architecture in photography named ‘Shooting Spaces’, still an important source for inspiration for us. The elegant book is a visual survey of contemporary artists’ photography of architecture, featuring the work of brother Iwan Baan, next to names like Christoph Morlinghaus, Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Catherine Opie, Thomas Ruff, Hiroshi Sugimoto, amongst others. Since the invention of photography, architecture has proved a worthy subject for photographers. Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography showcases the relationship between the two practices. The book presents a broad spectrum of work from a diverse roster of renowned and emerging artists: Annie Leibovitz captures the construction of Renzo Piano’s New York Times building; James Welling revisits Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House; Walter Niedermayr shifts perspectives on SANAA’s sculptural designs.
Photography has always played a vital role in how architecture is communicated and the growing trend of photographers working exclusively with particular architects highlights the importance of this medium.
The book is divided into five chapters, covering collaborations between photographer and architect, global urbanization, alterations to the natural landscape, reappraised Modernist icons, and imagined environments. Presenting a fresh study of outstanding work in contemporary architectural photography, Shooting Space not only provides an engaging display of beautiful photography, but will reward the reader with a considered survey of our built environment. The images are tight together through essays written by curators Kate Bush, previously Head of Art Galleries at the Barbican Centre, UK, and Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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