Architectural Photographers: Fran Parente

Vitra Haus - Herzog & de Meuron

Continuing with our Architectural Photographers series, we now present Fran Parente: Brazilian architect working as an Architectural and Interior Design Photographer, based in Sao Paulo but with works from all over the world and several already published in ArchDaily.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I was working as an intern at Triptyque Architecture and at the end of my architecture course. I always photographed buildings and places during my trips with family and friends but never thought this could end up being my work. During my internship I had the chance to photograph the Colombia building that had just been completed. I say that this was the happening that opened my eyes to architectural photography. In a few months I finished my internship and could dedicate my free time to architectural photography.

Fidalga 727 - Triptyque

2. Are you an architect?

Yes, I finished my architecture graduation course in 2008.

Beyeler Foundation - Renzo Piano

3. Why do you like to photograph architecture?

Because it gives me the opportunity to live off two things which I am very passionate of, photography and architecture.

High Line Park - James Corner Field Operations & Diller Scofidio + Renfro

4. Favorite architect?

Herzog & De Meuron

40 Bond St. - Herzog & de Meuron

5. Favorite building?

I had a very remarkable experience when I photographed the Vitra Haus by Hezog & De Meuron

6. How do you work?

I usually photograph alone and most of my works are commissioned directly by the architects. I also collaborate with commissioned works for architecture and interior design magazines, books and websites.

Museo del Chopo - TEN Arquitectos

7.- What kind of equipment and software do you use?

Digital format so I can handle the workflow, tilt shift lenses lightweight and stable tripod. At the studio we use mostly Adobe Photoshop and camera RAW software and sometimes Adobe Lightroom.

Beyeler Foundation - Renzo Piano
Campos do Jordao House - Reinach Mendonça
1111 Lincoln Road - Herzog & de Meuron
Na Mata Cafe - FGMF
Copan Apartment - Felipe Hess & Renata
Cite: Saieh, Nico. "Architectural Photographers: Fran Parente" 02 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>