In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Francine Houben of Mecanoo writes on behalf of Christian Richters.
Christian has an excellent eye for spatial environments and, most importantly, how to capture and unfolding spatial experiences. Mecanoo has had a long, fruitful working relationship with his photographs and, through this, Christian has become a personal friend.
Architecture is never a purely intellectual, conceptual or visual game alone: it’s about combining a number of individual elements in a single concept. What ultimately counts is the arrangement of form and emotion and we are privileged that Christian’s understanding of the impact of light and our lavish use of materials in the creation of space is so expert. His photographs are precisely articulated and, perhaps most critically, speak of the hidden narratives that are so often lost or not even revealed in architectural photography.