Judging is now under way for Architizer’s 3rd Annual One Photo Challenge. Stay tuned for our Top 100 list of finalists in the coming weeks.
With the proliferation of smartphones and social media turning everyone into a would-be photographer, you might think that the art of architectural photography is at risk of vanishing. Not so, says Paul Clemence, who is proving that architectural photography has lost none of its artistic power in an age saturated with visual stimuli.
Paul is an award-winning artist, photographer, writer, filmmaker and founder of ARCHI PHOTO, a Facebook phenomenon whose membership comprises over one million people. Currently based in Brooklyn, his architectural photography has been exhibited around the world, including at the Venice Biennale, Art Basel and Design Miami.
To celebrate the end of the 3rd Annual One Photo Challenge, we invited Paul, who is also a juror for the competition, to talk about his craft. Paul explained the process behind some of his most iconic photos and gave his impressions on how great photography can help define (or redefine) a building. We had an enthusiastic and truly global audience tuning in for the talk, spanning from London to Los Angeles and Singapore to South Africa. To reach an even wider audience, the recorded session is now available free on-demand! So, while you’re waiting for the One Photo Winners to be announced, click the button below to have your architectural-photography fill:
We’re also sharing some of Paul’s insightful comments on the power of iconic architectural photography.
On the importance of photography in architecture:
“You can’t talk about iconic architecture without an iconic image. I think something will become iconic if it has an iconic image to go with it because we know about the world, about architecture, about people through images… You can see the most wonderful structure but if there’s not a way of communicating that that is as powerful as the structure itself, then the whole thing isn’t moving.”
On how Edward Hopper and Giorgio de Chirico artistically express architecture in their paintings:
“Few painters understood light and space like Edward Hopper. He created images [like “Early Sunday Morning”] – a very ordinary building – but the way he was able to use the light, the composition, and even the colors, it just set up the tone. I think you could say that because of that image it is now an iconic building…
De Chirico also is a master of light, of space but also of mystery, because his paintings have this feel that you’re not sure what’s happening in there, you’re not sure what time of the day it is or what era it is… It makes you want to know more about it. It creates a different type of engagement. If you can translate that kind of engagement to a photograph, then you are creating something that has a more lasting effect.”