Architecture as an ally of photography

Architecture as an ally of photography

Since its invention, photography has found in architecture its best ally.

As the architect Patricia Méndez asserts in an article, the beginning of this synchrony between both disciplines was marked by the decade of the 30 and in that factory of the modernity that was the Bauhaus, led by Walter Gropius.

This school marked a historical landmark that changed not only the way of understanding architecture but also the way of showing it.

At that time, the exploration of materials and forms, and technical advances in the reproduction of images consolidated from the German headquarters the valid tools that governed the Modern Movement.

From there and into the world, both photography and architecture, invaded spheres unthought until then and were able to provoke debates that until today occupy our areas of discussion.

Currently, architectural photography is responsible for capturing and describing spaces created by man. In the urban environment, you can describe a city or the relationship of a building or development with its surroundings. It is also used in interior design, documenting the relationship between furniture, color, texture, rhythm, and lighting with the space proposed by the architect or designer.

One of the technical characteristics that define this type of photography is the correction of the perspectives, especially if one takes into account that in most cases angular lenses are used and the lines must respect the original orientation.

Another of the characteristics of architectural photography is that it allows the development of techniques in outdoor photographs, which will not focus exclusively on the facade of the exterior, as the exterior of a building will also encompass the surrounding environment.

According to the articles specializing in the field, it is rarely conceived the design of any type of architectural work without taking into account the place in which it is built.

So one of the objectives of architectural photography is to show the building and its interaction with the environment.

In fact, says in an article Javier Millán, architecture photography is approached as a report and every report must show a varied and complete set of angles and perspectives. We have started abroad playing with the environment and perhaps the best way to proceed is to continue covering different perspectives as we approach and surround the building, always considering our protagonist as the main element of the image.

In addition, the advancement of techniques and approaches makes buildings can be transformed into models of abstract images, documentaries, or in the background of fashion photography, which opens up a range of possibilities for architectural photography.

The professional photographer of architecture continues to exist and, with notable exceptions, offers his clients documentary images that follow a certain stylistic model: bright shots illuminated with natural light and interiors uniformly illuminated by artificial means.

Thus, today, photographers, as artists, rediscover the architecture.

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