AD Photographers: Joao Morgado

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 Portugal, Spain, Netherlands and Italy.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I always had a passion about photography 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.

I got some other assignments from Aires Mateus, Bak Gordon and Gonçalo Byrne and i am starting to capture the attention of magazines like Domus, OnDiseno, Frame, A+T and many others.

House in Pousos, Leiria / Bak Gordon

From this time, even if unconsciously, i started to trail my path as architectural photographer.

2. Are you an architect?

Estoril Sol Residence / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

I studied architecture at ISCTE in Lisbon and it was an important background to become architectural photographer as i had the opportunity to participate at several workshops in Switzerland, Italy and Germany and also work with architecture offices in Netherlands.

Its interesting to see that most of architectural photographers are also architects and how that influence the way we look at architecture.

3. Why do you like to photograph architecture?

Cemetery in Boliqueime / Luis M. Guerreiro

Photography completes my passion for architecture and as an architecture photographer i can enjoy the best of two worlds.

4. Favorite architect?

Liège-Guillemins high-speed station / Santiago Calatrava
CUF Hospital in Oporto / Manuel Ventura e Associados

This is a tough question as there are several architects that influenced my way of thinking and understanding architecture. One of them is Luis Barragan and of course Mies van der Rohe.

5. Favorite building?

I really don’t have a favorite one.

6. How do you work?

Prada Store in Lisbon / Baciocchi and Associati

Most of the times i work directly with the offices.

One of the most important moments is the conversation with the architects; understanding his ideas, concepts and analysing the way he communicates it, is a part of the process that will help me to understand the project.

The final step is always a reinterpretation of intentions and images that i have created during that conversation and which will help me to create an interaction with the building and its surroundings. Sometimes the building situation can really overtake all your ideas creating a parallel invention that leads to the final images.

I started working as architecture photographer in 2008 and i am still shapping my workflow.

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

Hotel Zenden, Maastricht / Wiel Arets Architects

Ansel Adams once said that “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it”.

Lisbon Architecture Trienalle 2010 / Sofia Saraiva, Ana Miguel and Pedro Rogado
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Cite: Nico Saieh. "AD Photographers: Joao Morgado" 16 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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