Architectural Photographers: Timothy Soar

Foggo Architects. Image ©

It’s clear that architecture inspires and impassions Timothy Soar - not only has the UK photographer spent most of his life visiting and capturing great architectural works, but – unlike most photographers, or architects for that matter - he also speaks eloquently about the architecture that inspires him. Describing his favorite building, AHMM‘s Yellow Building, he tells us it “delivers exquisite simplicity out of a complex lattice. The building has a lyrical poetry in the way it wraps and folds itself around the occupants – deft, confident and generous. It is one of London’s great spaces.”

Moreover, Soar believes deeply that his architectural does more than merely idealize built forms; not only do his images enable the architects he works with to “refine and amplify” the ideas within their built works, and thus aid them in defining their next work, but it also seeks to advocate architecture for all: “My work as a photographer is predicated on a desire to [...] to be an advocate for design that elevates, to help construct an argument where good design isn’t an occasional, rare and special thing but an everyday, routine and expected event.” Read the whole interview and see more of Soar’s fantastic images, after the break


Architectural Photographers: Allan Crow

MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image ©

Allan Crow may be, as he humbly puts it, just one of “two blokes that take photos.” But Hufton+Crow, the studio founded by him and Nick Hufton ten years ago, has reached far more than humble success. The duo have shot some of the most talked-about architectural works of the last few years -from Zaha Hadid‘s Galaxy Soho to Steven Holl‘s Sliced Porosity Block to BIG‘s Danish Maritime Museum - and have been published in renowned websites and magazines around the world. Learn more about how Crow began his career as well as his favorite architecture, after the break.


Architectural Photographers: Erieta Attali

dNR Architects Max Nunez, Nicolas del Rio ©

Usually, architecture photographers are architects themselves, but today we want to show show the work of Israeli photographer Erieta Attalian actual photographer who started working related to archeology and science, and then got involved with architecture after working throughout Japan covering this country`s Contemporary Glass Architecture.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?


Architectural Photographers: Christian Richters

© 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 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.


Architectural Photographers: Cristobal Palma

Sombras de Color - Eduardo Castillo | ©

Architecture can be experienced in several ways, from writings to a travel, but so far it has been photography the main medium to transmit this experience. At ArchDaily we’ve had the chance to work with some of the world’s best photographers (amateur and pros), and in this section we present you more about their work and thoughts.

This time we present you Cristobal Palma (@CPalmaPhoto on Twitter, and Facebook), who has been featured several times at ArchDaily with his work that not includes architecture  but also urban and documentary photography, which appears in media such as The New York Times, Monocle, Wallpaper, among others.

Back to the “experience”, Cristobal has been experimenting with video, exploring an enhanced experience that allows us to see architecture in a different, dynamic way. Take for example our recent feature about the Clifftop House in Maui by Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti, in which the combination of video + text + drawings offers us another experience.

You can watch more videos by Cristobal Palma here. Full interview:

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I started shooting architecture as a student at the Architectural Association and then I learned a bit more about the profession working as an assistant to Sue Barr. After working for Sue I slowly started to work independently for small practices in London and Santiago and for magazines.


Architectural Photographers: Thomas Mayer

Punta della Dogana Venice, Tadao Ando 2009 ©

This time we are presenting you Thomas Mayer, Swiss architectural photographer who works for some of the worldʻs finest architects such as Frank Gehry. He learned in Zurich and came to Germany in 1968 where he worked until 1974 as a specialised photographer for car advertising in studio and on location. In 1974 he started to do editorial for Germanyʻs finest magazines such as GEO, Stern, Merian, ZEIT-Magazin, Der Spiegel and more. In cooperation with famous designer Otl Aicher he worked for companies like BMW, Lufthansa, West-LB and started to do architecture features for ERCO Lighting from 1977 until today. A long term documentation about Frank Gehryʻs Neuer Zollhof Dusseldorf 1989 – 1999. A documentation on the development of the world heritage site Zeche Zollverein 2002 – 2007 includes the development of the Zollverein School from competition til finalisation of the building.

Thomas Mayerʻs work has taken him to many places in the world and has been published in magazines, books, exhibitions and Calenders. Besides his craftmanship and strong sense of composition, his work can broadcast a visual sense of humor. He is a storyteller who does not need to resort to pathos or trickery but finds beauty in man and structures and in light and shadow instead.


Architectural Photographers: Brad Feinknopf

Milsten Hall - OMA | © Brad Feinknopf

It’s been a while since the last Architecture photographer we featured here in ArchDaily, but we are back presenting one of the most experienced photographers in North America: Brad Feinknof.

As he states, his passion for photographing architecture stems directly from the influence of his grandfather and father, both successful architects practicing in Columbus, Ohio. He has personally been shooting for over 20 years, since graduating from Cornell University with his undergraduate degree in Design. Brad went on to spend his post-collegiate years in New York City assisting prominent photographers Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Arnold Newman and Joyce Tenneson. Today, many of the ideals Brad obtained from his New York experience carry over to his clients; — the consistent pursuit of perfection, extreme attention to detail, uncompromised professionalism and the utmost quality in service.

Following his return to Columbus, Brad established feinknopf photography, rapidly growing an established clientele among architectural, engineering and construction firms. In serving these clients, Brad has traveled throughout the United States shooting projects, many of which have been published in major publications. From the multitude of projects I have shot of the years over 100 have gone on to be AIA award winners.


Architectural Photographers: Fran Parente

Vitra Haus - Herzog & de Meuron

Continuing with our 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 . In a few months I finished my internship and could dedicate my free time to architectural .


AD Photographers: Joao Morgado

Call Center in Santo Tirso / Aires Mateus

In our AD Photographers section we are now featuring portuguese photographer Joao Morgado. Born in 1985, he has made his photographer career during the last 4 years, working regularly with offices from , Spain, Netherlands and Italy.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I always had a passion about but it became more intense during my studies in architecture.

Through that time, i visited a lot of buildings and i spent several hours a day in libraries absorbing architecture and somehow i missed something from the photos of the buildings i have visited before. Since then i became more and more interested, not only in my own point of view, but specially in the truth of architecture.

A couple of months later, i had an invitation from an editor to photograph buildings of three respect Portuguese architects for a yearbook publication: Aires Mateus, Promontorio and Menos é Mais.


AD Photographers: Stéphane Chalmeau


Continuing with our AD Photographers section, we now present you Stéphane Chalmeau, who have shown some very interesting architects and their projects, mainly coming from France.

1. When and How did you start photographing architecture?

I started photographing architecture and cities when I was very young, I have been passionate about since I was 12, but I did not think it could be a full-time job. It was for me something unaccessible and only opened to a few famous artists.


AD Photographers: Leonardo Finotti

Franz Fueg - St. Pius Church, Meggen CH (1966) © Leonardo Finotti
Franz Fueg - St. Pius Church, Meggen CH (1966) © Leonardo Finotti

Leonardo Finotti is a brazilian architect and photographer. He has documented several works from Brazil, Portugal and Latin America that we have featured here at ArchDaily.

Leonardo Finotti also maintains a blog with a new photo every day, and keeps an interesting photo archive with over 200 works by Brazilian modern master Oscar Niemeyer. Other sections include projects from Switzerland, Alvaro Siza, Mendes da Rocha… and many more.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I started studying architecture and at the same time. When I finished my studies I decided to go to Europe by being accepted by Fabrica for a trial experience in Treviso/ Italy, that didn’t work out, then I went to where I had the chance of meeting João Nunes and Carlos Ribas from Proap which was representing at the Venice Bienale of Architecture back there. They gave me the opportunity on shooting Tejo´s park and enjoying the result they asked me to shoot their entire work. From this day on I am full time architectural photographer.

AD Photographers: Fernando Guerra

Paula Rego Museum / Eduardo Souto de Moura © Fernando Guerra
Paula Rego Museum / Eduardo Souto de Moura ©

In my opinion, has been producing a constant amount of high quality architecture, very well executed. Unlike countries in which there are a few “gems” and the rest doesn´t matter, the average level is very good as you can see on our Portugal section at ArchDaily, ranging from small houses to public projects.

And thanks to photographer Fernando Guerra, and his brother Sergio (FG+SG), we’ve had the chance to see it on ArchDaily with very good photos.

His website Ultimas Reportagens has become the most extensive archive on Portuguese contemporary architecture (385 projects, 20,000 images), and has been recently redesigned in order to improve the browsing experience. Also, as you can see on the interview, Fernando has worked very close with Alvaro Siza, documenting 51 of his projects so far. Most of this work can be see at the recent book “Álvaro Siza: The Function of Beauty“.

Fernando and Sergio are also into the publishing business, you can buy their books directly from their store.

Now, to the interview:

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

Perhaps I was influenced by a number of architects in the family, and, of course, also by my fondness for drawing as well as accompanying my father on his job…I became interested in becoming an architect early on. It was all very natural, and I don’t remember when I decided to follow this path.


AD Photographers: Duccio Malagamba

de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron © Duccio Malagamba
de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron ©

The great buildings we feature ever day at ArchDaily have something in common: someone behind the lens capturing the building in a unique moment. Architecture photographers play a big role on how we actually see buildings, and we have decided to start a section to present you their work, their thoughts and who knows, here you might find the photographer that can help you put your work on ArchDaily and other magazines around the world.

We start with italian photographer Duccio Malagamba:

1. How did you start in ?

I approached photography as a teenager, when the father of one of my best friends -amateur photographer- allowed us to join him when developing films at a storage room. The miracle of the apparition of the veiled images in the reddish darkness of the laboratory impressed me deeply. Soon after, I decided that when I grew up I wanted to be a photographer, and I even managed to sell some photos of my travels. When I finished High School, my parents insisted that -no matter what I would do afterwards – I should get a university degree. I choose, rather accidentally, the School of Architecture, when I found out there was a module on photography.