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, Carlos Arroyo writes on behalf of Miguel de Guzmán.
Architecture is a cultural construction that evolves through our collective efforts; new necessities identified by our clients, industrial applications at our disposition, technical developments in construction, changing cultural, social and political contexts, individual proposals that echo and relate, allowing us to imagine the next step.
The communication of architecture is fundamental in this process of cultural construction; in fact, the history of architecture coincides with that of the media that represents it; to imagine and project, yes, but also to communicate and learn.
There is architecture with vanishing points which coincides with the invention of perspective, just as there are architecture models of form board, the blue foam cutter, Catia or Rhino. There is also an architecture of photography in black and white: static, geometric, heroic.
Today, together, we make a moody, atmospheric architecture in which the action, experience and time are just as or if not more important than the subject itself. Thanks to Miguel de Guzmán we can see it and share it, we can make this cultural construction grow. You build an atmosphere, Miguel shows it to everyone; I see, think, and act, I build something that can't be seen, only lived, but Miguel gets everyone to live it.
Albena Yaneva and Bruno Latour and said, "Give me a gun and I will make buildings move", wondering what camera or what eye could make us understand a building beyond its own materials. Now we know: Caution, Miguel de Guzmán is armed.