Architectural Photographers: Christian Richters


Born in Munster – Germany and now based in Berlin, Christian Richters‘ working area is currently all over Europe, the USA and Asia, shooting projects for some renown architects like Bernard TschumiToyo ItoZaha HadidUN Studio and David Chipperfield among others. He studied design and photography at the Folkwang Art School in Essen, but it was architecture that finally drove his career to the next level… And we are very lucky for that. He now works with VIEW Pictures, where you can check out his extensive portfolio of amazing architecture.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I have always been photographing – it started as a hobby when I was a young boy, and already then it was buildings, streets, industrial sites, ships which fascinated me.

After finishing my studies at Folkwang Art School in Essen, Germany, I initially mainly photographed historic architecture for books and magazines. In the early 1990s there was a shift towards contemporary architecture, and more and more architects were becoming my clients. This is what I am focussed on today, but I still maintain working on long-term historic projects for book publishers or NGOs.

© Christian Richters

2. Are you an architect?

No. I am interested in finding and describing, not in inventing.

© Christian Richters

3. Why do you like to photograph architecture?

It’s the magic of arriving at a place for the first time, discovering it, visually reading and deciphering it – may it be a landscape, a house, a whole city or just a small shelter. Photographing architecture is slow work, a way of resisting the ubiquitary acceleration. It’s the pleasures of fieldwork. Above all, it keeps me travelling the world for a reason.

© Christian Richters

4. Favorite architect?

Hard question – I think I shouldn’t be name-dropping here. I much appreciate the enthusiasm of young architects today, who keep their studios running and work hard to get better and better.

© Christian Richters

5. Favorite building?

The Kandalama Hotel, Dumbulla, Sri Lanka, by architect Geoffrey Bawa.

© Christian Richters

6. How do you work?

It depends on the project, the client, the time given.

Ideally it’s a long-term client, an architect whose work I have been photographing for two decades – I get an email, attached a pdf site map, a few drawings or words, a phone call, and off I am. As for the work itself, see 3.)

© Christian Richters

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

Alpa cameras, Schneider and Rodenstock lenses, Leica M9, Phase One digital back and software, Apple, Photoshop

Cite: Saieh, Nico. "Architectural Photographers: Christian Richters" 05 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • st

    one of my favorite architectural photographers

  • drewAn isLand

    beautiful work. mr. richter, you inspire me. Perhaps next time, archidaily, we could get a list of the photographed works shown in the article. I am familiar with a few, but some others (the black and whites particularly) i imagine would be hard to figure out.

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