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Celebrating Oscar Niemeyer and His Masterworks Through a Photographic Lens

05:00 - 18 December, 2018
Celebrating Oscar Niemeyer and His Masterworks Through a Photographic Lens, © Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

To honor renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s birthday (December 15, 1907), Slovenian photographer Danica Kus published a series of black and white photographs highlighting Niemeyer’s surviving architecture. The architect, who passed in 2012 at the age of 104, is considered one of the greatest modernist architects of the 20th century.

Kus’ photographs accentuate the hyperbolic curves characteristic of Niemeyer’s design, while also highlighting the geometric harmony of rectilinear elements. In an exclusive interview with ArchDaily before his death, Mr. Niemeyer described his personal definition of architecture: “In my opinion, architecture is invention. And under this prism is how I do my projects, always searching for beautiful, expressive, different and surprising solutions.” This photo series encompasses the subtleties of Niemeyer’s premier works and spans his career.

Anthony Saroufim Captures the Skeletal Materiality of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences

05:00 - 13 December, 2018
© Anthony Saroufim
© Anthony Saroufim

The architectural and engineering feats of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava can be admired around the world, but his City of Arts and Sciences, designed alongside Felix Candela, has remained a modern architectural marvel. Like many international visitors, Lebanese photographer Anthony Saroufim found himself inherently attracted to the highly publicized building complex with a specific, tailored angle - unraveling the relationship between the built reality and the people interacting with it.

© Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim + 12

Alvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation Through the Lens of Ronaldo Azambuja

04:00 - 4 December, 2018
Alvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation Through the Lens of Ronaldo Azambuja, © Ronaldo Azambuja
© Ronaldo Azambuja

Alvaro Siza orchestrates, like no other, the experience of the visitor in his works. By means of compressions and decompression, openings and closings, volumes, voids and light, the Portuguese architect marks the paths, points of view, and perspective of the passage of time. In this photo essay, Ronaldo Azambuja photographed the Iberê Camargo Foundation ten years after its inauguration.

Kengo Kuma and FGMF's Japan House Sao Paulo Through the Lens of FLAGRANTE

05:00 - 21 November, 2018
Kengo Kuma and FGMF's Japan House Sao Paulo Through the Lens of FLAGRANTE, © FLAGRANTE
© FLAGRANTE

Architect and photographer Romullo Fontenelle of FLAGRANTE studio shared with ArchDaily a series of photographs from the recently inaugurated Japan House Sao Paulo, a project by Kengo Kuma in partnership with the local office FGMF Arquitetos.

The global initiative by the Japanese Government aims to "create a vision of contemporary Japan." Opened May 2018, Japan House combines art, technology, and business to offer an escape to present day Japan. 

© FLAGRANTE © FLAGRANTE © FLAGRANTE © FLAGRANTE + 34

Andres Gallardo Studies Milan's Contrasting Typologies in Contemporary Architecture

08:00 - 17 November, 2018
Andres Gallardo Studies Milan's Contrasting Typologies in Contemporary Architecture, © Andres Gallardo
© Andres Gallardo

Andres Gallardo’s photo series “Urban Geometries” continues, this time the self-taught photographer chose to capture the architecture of Milan. The series focuses on the architectural contours of contemporary structures, varying in both age and function while highlighting the materiality of the façades, architectural, industrial details of each building.

Gallardo’s Milan series features the work of Zaha Hadid Architects and Grafton Architects. Other images in the series include elements of the city that often go unnoticed, such as a series of colorful recycling receptacles.

© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo + 14

These International Award-Winning Photographs Capture the Beauty of Architecture and Urban Spaces

08:00 - 4 November, 2018
These International Award-Winning Photographs Capture the Beauty of Architecture and Urban Spaces, Toy houses. Image © Fyodor Savintsev (RU), 1o Classified
Toy houses. Image © Fyodor Savintsev (RU), 1o Classified

The winning entries of the Siena International Photo Awards 2018 have been unveiled. The “Architecture and Urban Spaces” category winners offer a wide range of subjects, locations, and perspectives, from the relationship between the Moon and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to snow-capped “Toy houses.”

The Siena International Photo Awards saw 48,000 images submitted from 148 countries. The announcement of the winners coincides with the launch of the “Beyond the Lens” exhibition of the winners, running until 2nd December 2018 in Siena.

The Ruins of Tijuana's Housing Crisis

04:00 - 22 October, 2018
© Mónica Arreola
© Mónica Arreola

© Mónica Arreola © Mónica Arreola © Mónica Arreola © Mónica Arreola + 7

Tijuana is one of the most populated cities in Mexico. In 2000, the construction of collective housing boomed. This phenomenon completely transformed the limits of the city; the periphery exhibited a new appearance: a modernized future, new urban schemes, and a new lifestyle.

Bogotá, Through the Lens of Leo Matiz

06:00 - 21 October, 2018
Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá
Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá

Bogota's modernization between 1940 and 1970 is featured in a wide array of books, magazines, and photo albums, as well as in the city's own public and private archives. Every one of these sources reveals a deliberate, as well as critical, approximation of how modern architecture reconfigured the city's center and brought together the new buildings and urban space with the already existing cityscape.

When analyzing the impact of photography from the street, it's impossible not to talk about Leo MatizArmando Matiz, and Hernán Díaz. These three photographers have captured the personalities, events, and urban life of Bogotá. Here, we've compiled some of their most noted works featuring the streets, plazas, crosswalks, and landmarks of Bogotá. Through their photography, modern heritage finds a place on the stage of collective memory, where architecture and urban spaces are the stars. 

In this edition of Bogotá in 10 photographs, we will come to know the legacy of Leo Matiz:

Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá + 7

Andres Gallardo’s Study of Urban Geometries in Paris Captures the Complexities of Form, Shadow, and Angle

05:00 - 8 October, 2018
Andres Gallardo’s Study of Urban Geometries in Paris Captures the Complexities of Form, Shadow, and Angle, © Andres Gallardo
© Andres Gallardo

Andres Gallardo, the self-taught Spanish photographer, recently traveled to Paris to capture the city’s urban architecture, documenting the spirit of the buildings, the city’s rich architectural history, and international design influence.

Gallardo describes the city as “magical,” which he chooses to document in both monochrome and color photographs, incorporating overall perspectives and small structural details that often obscure the structures’ overall identity.

© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo + 14

Color, Form, and Material: Andres Gallardo Spotlights Berlin's Post-War Modernist Charm

12:00 - 6 October, 2018
Color, Form, and Material: Andres Gallardo Spotlights Berlin's Post-War Modernist Charm, © Andres Gallardo
© Andres Gallardo

In the next chapter of his ongoing Urban Geometry project, self-taught Spanish photographer Andres Gallardo captures the elements of color, form, and materiality of post-war architecture in Berlin. This photo series, with installments featuring the modern marvels of Beijing, Seoul, Copenhagen, and Tallinn, among other cities, has become representative of Gallardo's personal growth from his humble start in his career as a professional photographer.

© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo + 21

Shortlist for the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards Revealed

11:00 - 1 October, 2018
Shortlist for the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards Revealed, Long Museum West Bund Shanghai China by Atelier Deshaus. Image © Pawel Paniczko
Long Museum West Bund Shanghai China by Atelier Deshaus. Image © Pawel Paniczko

The shortlist for the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards have been revealed, bringing together 20 atmospheric images of the built environment. Categories this year ranged from a “portfolio of an individual building to a single abstract: with a professional camera or on a mobile phone.”

The 2018 edition saw a record number of entries, with photographs from 47 countries, including the UK (28%), USA (20%), Germany (6%), and China (5%). The 20 photographs were selected from four categories: exteriors, interiors, sense of place, and buildings in use.

Matthias Jung's Collage Houses Redefine Surreal Architecture

06:00 - 29 September, 2018
Searching For the Enchanted Whale. Image © Matthias Jung
Searching For the Enchanted Whale. Image © Matthias Jung

Matthias Jung's "Houses" series depicts finely stitched architectural facades against the picturesque landscapes of Northern Germany to create surreal architecture. Commencing as a childhood pastime in his father's photo lab, his passion for collaging has evolved into his career as a designer and artist.

Long After the Anger We Made a World Trip. Image © Matthias Jung My Grandfather Was a Spice Dealer. Image © Matthias Jung Supergod. Image © Matthias Jung The End of Numbers. Image © Matthias Jung + 10

13 Instagram Accounts That Showcase the Diversity of Facades Around the World

09:30 - 5 September, 2018
Instagram user @serjios (Serge Najjar). ImageZaha Hadid in Beirut
Instagram user @serjios (Serge Najjar). ImageZaha Hadid in Beirut

In recent years, social media (especially Instagram) has become an extremely important tool in the field of architecture. Instagram has become the go-to visual platform for showcasing a wide variety of architectural typologies and styles, city views, and stunning edifices that often go unnoticed. While these buildings may seem ordinary to the everyday passerby, they become objects of art for not only architects but those who stop to take notice of their design.

Below we have selected 13 Instagram accounts dedicated to highlighting facades and walls from around the world, showcasing the diversity of our cities.

Andres Gallardo Captures Copenhagen's Surreal and Colorful Geometric Forms

12:00 - 1 September, 2018
© Andres Gallardo
© Andres Gallardo

Andres Gallardo's ongoing Urban Geometry series captures unique forms, colors, and shadows of modern architecture of various cities. The project is a personal one for Gallardo, as it has been a long-term photo series that has accompanied him throughout his journey in becoming a professional photographer, displaying his development and evolution as he captures the architectural beauty of cities such as Beijing, Helsinki, Seoul, and Copenhagen.

Below is the Copenhagen chapter of the series, a visual poem that allows us to see the city in new ways. Through flowing line and bright bursts of color, Gallardo displays an almost surreal version of the city, where the jagged forms and smooth curves of its modern architecture have replaced human presence.

© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo + 14

What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile)

08:00 - 20 August, 2018
What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile), © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a>
© Flickr user Bill Ebbesen licensed under CC BY 3.0

In a world rapidly transitioning toward primarily digital content creation, more and more people are beginning to experiment with various digital media. There is undoubtedly an intimate relationship between architecture and photography, and many architects enjoy experimenting with taking pictures, both of their own work and of their surrounding environment. But how do you know if you have the right gear needed to start off on the right foot? And more importantly, how can you get the most out of your equipment?

In honor of World Photography Day this month, we have put together a helpful guide to get started with lenses for architectural photography. This guide will specifically highlight the best lenses (for both DSLR and mobile) to use for your shots and why.

A Guide to Drone Photography/Cinematography for Architecture

09:30 - 19 August, 2018
A Guide to Drone Photography/Cinematography for Architecture

Drone photography has been one of the biggest advancements in aerial photography and cinematography. Drones began making a huge impact on filmmaking in the early 2000s, but vast advancements in aerial and camera technology have dramatically increased the use of and demand for aerial footage in nearly every industry focused on digital content.

The construction industry has begun implementing drones on construction sites as a way to get a birdseye view of a project, capture the finished building from a unique perspective and even be used in the actual construction of the building itself. But when it comes to architectural photography and cinematography, we are just beginning to scratch the surface.

Read on for ArchDaily's Guide to Drone Photography/Cinematography.

The Best Architectural iPhone Photos of 2018 Revealed by IPPAWARDS

14:30 - 19 July, 2018
The Best Architectural iPhone Photos of 2018 Revealed by IPPAWARDS, First Prize: Photography by Massimo Graziani, Italy. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS
First Prize: Photography by Massimo Graziani, Italy. Image Courtesy of IPPAWARDS

The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) has announced the winners of the 2018 edition of the annual competition. Founded in 2007, the same year as the release of the first iPhone, IPPAWARDS is the first and longest running iPhone photography competition. Now in its 11th year, the awards continue to select the best images taken by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from a variety of categories including Landscape, Animals, People, Still Life and Architecture.

This year’s architecture category was won by Massimo Graziani from Italy for a shot “Rampage,” taken at the Via Allegri in Rome. Second prize was awarded to KuangLong Zhang from China with an image of one of the oldest mosques in Iran, while third prize went to Nasra Al Sharji from Oman with an early-morning shot of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Ricardo Bofill's La Muralla Roja Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo

14:05 - 27 June, 2018
Ricardo Bofill's La Muralla Roja Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo, © Andres Gallardo
© Andres Gallardo

Photographer Andres Gallardo, who has captured images of noted architectural works such as Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza and MAD Architects’ Harbin Opera House, has turned his lens on La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall) by Ricardo Bofill. Located in Spain’s Calpe region, the building plays on the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean Area, influenced by the Mediterranean tradition of the casbah.

In recent years, the 1968 development has extended its popularity beyond architectural circles, having been featured in the music video for Martin Solveig’s hit “Do It Right.” Gallardo’s photoset, which you can see below or on his website, zooms in on the sharp, clean-cut, vibrant form of the development, informed partly by shadows cast from the hot Mediterranean sun. Despite the somewhat exact and pristine nature of the development, Gallardo also captures details of human habitation and everyday life, such as plants, vehicles, and furniture.

© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo + 19