Fernando Guerra On Photography In The Internet Age

Aires Mateus Arquitectos / House in Alcobaça, Portugal. Image ©

In this interview, originally published by Paperhouses as “Decisive Moment: Conversation With Fernando Guerra“, the Portuguese photographer details his career in architectural photography, and how he approaches the art of photographing buildings. As an advocate of free sharing and online publicity, and one of a new breed of photographers who – shock horror – likes to include people in his shots of buildings, Guerra is well placed to explain how the world of has changed over the past decade.

I do not want to call it an interview—it was a fabulous discussion that Fernando Guerra led as a loose narrative with notes on work that he practices with hedonism and filled with life. They are all stories dedicated to the great beauty of doing what one loves and letting it grow.

Read on after the break for the interview

AD Round Up: The Architecture Photography of Fernando Guerra

Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX . Image Courtesy of FG+SG –

Today, we’d like to commemorate the captivating architectural photography of Fernando Guerra. The Portuguese architect-turned-photographer’s work has graced our webpages many times since he began his career in 2001. In a recent interview with Paperhouses, he recalls the evolution of his aspiration to capture decisive architectural moments. Here are five of our favorites: Cube HouseAlcácer do Sal Residences, House in Fontinha, the Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing, and the Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension.

Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

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The Israeli pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Aircraft Carrier, deals with the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.

Curators Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that demonstrate these changes – Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas – and invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architecture photographers to reflect on them. Participants include Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra (Check out an interview with Guerra here!), along with Assaf Evron, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg and Jan Tichy. Continue after the break for more.

Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

Aircraft Carrier: The Textile Compound, Tel Aviv by ; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and will feature a pavilion from Israel called “Aircraft Carrier”.  The collected work confronts the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.  The curators of the exhibit, Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that epitomize these changes:  Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas.  The curators invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architectural photographers to reflect on these ideas.  Participants include , Fernando Guerra, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg, and Jan Tichy and product designer Tal Erez.

Stop by after the break to see some of the work to be featured as part of “Aircraft Carrier”.

New Headquarters and Production of Pratic / GEZA

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Architect: GEZA – Grie Zucchi Architetti Associati
Location: Fagagna Udine,
Design Team: Stefania Anzil, Fabio Passon
Photographers: FG+SG, Sergio Guerra

Alvito Complex / Claudio Sat Unipessoal lda

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Architect: Claudio Sat, Unipessoal, lda
Location: Gaeiras, , Portugal
Project Team: Pedro Cancela, Gisela Ferreira, Ricardo Porfírio
Final design: Ana Duarte Pinto – João Manuel Alves, arquitectos lda
Project Team: Diana Parracho, Mariana Pimentel, Nuno Amaro, Manuel Vacas
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Fasano Las Piedras Hotel / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: Punta del Este,
Collaborator: Domingos Pascali
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Team: Marcelo Alvarenga, Adrianaun, Bruno Levy, Manoel Maia, Alexandre Nobre, Juliana Scalizi
Built Area: 43,000 sq ft
Building Completion: December 2008 (Phase 1), January 2011 (Phase 2)
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Gruta das Torres Visitor Centre / SAMI-architectos

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Architects: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location: Criação Velha, Pico Island, , Portugal
Property, Owner of the building: Governo Regional dos Açores. Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar. Direcção Regional do Ambiente
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography

House C:Z / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architect: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location: São Roque do Pico, Ilha do Pico, Açores,
Team: João do Vale Martins, Inês Martins, Daniel Mentech
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography

Video: Alvaro Siza sings The Beatles

Architecture photographer Fernando Guerra (FG+SG) posted this short video of the renowned Portguese architect and Pritzker laureate (1992) , while working and singing to The Beatles. He looks quite inspired!

Fernando and Sergio Guerra (FG+SG) have the largest photo archive of Alvaro Siza’s work. Prints can be obtained at their online store.

Baixa Bar / José Carlos Cruz

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Architects: José Carlos Cruz
Location: , Portugal
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Flashback: Arts Centre – Casa Das Mudas / Paulo David

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Flashback: One of Archdaily’s goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We’ve created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990′s and the early 2000′s.

Architect: Paulo David
Location: Vale dos Amores, Calheta, Madeira,
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: FG + SG Fernando Guerra

Casa do Conto / Pedra Líquida

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architect: Pedra Líquida
Location: Rua da Boavista, 713, Porto,
Project Team: Alexandra Grande, Nuno Grande, Daniela Coutinho, Joana Couceiro, João Crisóstomo, Luís Sobral, Gerson Rei, Ivo Lapa, Rui Baltazar
Grafic design: R2
Consultants: AB Projectos, Gatengel, GET, ALFA Engenharia
Client: Casa do Conto, Arts and Residence
Construction Company: Pedras de Ronfos
Project Year: 1st phase 2008-2009, 2nd phase 2009-2011
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

House in Praia Verde / Nelson Resende Arquitecto

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Architects: Nelson Resende Arquitecto
Location: ,
Collaborators: Ricardo Serra Leite, Architect
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 371 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Mouriz School / Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architect: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes (CNLL)
Location: Mouriz, , Portugal
Client: Paredes City Council
Project Team: CNLL I Márcia Areal I Vanessa Tavares I Hélder Lopes I Augusto Rachão I Natália Rocha
Architecture Coordination: CNLL
Specialties: AC + Cogen, Central Projecto, IPC
Constructor: MRG
Model: CNLL
Project Area: 3,220 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

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Architects: Alvaro Leite Siza
Client: Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
Location: Lugar das Carvalhinhas – Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
Site Area: 1000 sqm
Constructed Area: 180 sqm
Contractor: Óscar Gouveia
Landscape: Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
Materials:
Services: GOP
Project Start: 2000
Project Complete: 2005
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

House in Vilamoura / Pedro Rogado with Vasco Mendia

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Architect: Pedro Rogado,
Location: , Portugal
Client: Dr.ª Liliana Palhinha
Interior Architecture: Pedro Mariguesa
Collaboration: Hugo Formiga, Maria Marques, Liliana Esperança, Joana Fonseca, Ana Lobo Faria
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Sushicafé Avenida / Saraiva + Asociados

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Architects: Saraiva + Asociados
Location: Lisbon,
Project area: 302 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra