What is Architecture Photography?
So, what is architecture photography? It sounds like a weird question but when I was recently asked this question by a neighbour, it gave me pause to think it through. I take it for granted that everyone knows what an architectural photographer does, but this is not actually the case.
I gathered from talking to people who are not versed in the field of architecture, photography, or architectural photography, they seem to assume that what an architectural photographer does is take photos for houses – basically real estate photography to sell houses. Whilst this can be a part of architectural photography, it’s not necessarily the main part, in my experience at least.
My background of working within an architectural studio for fifteen years is somewhat different to what other photographers have experienced. I feel that this foray into the field gave me the opportunity to photograph some pretty amazing architecture designed by one of the largest architectural practises in Perth (and Nationally). The type of architectural photography I was accustomed to was large public buildings. These are places that people of all walks of life visit in large numbers over the years.
Architectural practices have their work professionally photographed to ensure they have visual documentation of their design intent and the outcome that was achieved by months and years of hard work by themselves, their consultants and the builders.
These photographs are used every day by firms in their marketing material, including through the following mediums:
– Website content
– Social media
– Proposals and submissions to clients
– To showcase their past experience to win projects awarded via Expression of Interest (EOI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) documents
– Industry awards entries
– Magazine articles and advertising.
Almost every building you see will most likely have been photographed by a professional architecture photographer, some of them even by me. My most memorable photography assignments for large public buildings include the Albany Entertainment Centre, nib Stadium, The Office of the Premier and Cabinet Room, District Courts of Western Australia, and Sorrento Quay Boardwalk to name just a few. The majority of projects I have photographed have included both interior and exterior photography and have gone on to win awards and feature in magazines.
Of course architectural photography does also cover residential photography of which I have also had the pleasure of being involved in, and of which I will revisit in more detail in the future. In the next post I discuss the different Types of Architecture Photography
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