Commercial Architecture August 2017 - 7
Celebrating Architectural Photography
hen beautiful architecture is created, it's
a rather limited number of people who
are able to experience and enjoy it first-
hand. To share architecture with a greater audience requires photography. Not smartphone "photography," but
images made by professionals who know how to operate
a camera and understand depth of field, lighting, exposure, and composition.
In this issue, we're able to do something that's been on
my editorial bucket list for a long time-present a collection of excellent architectural images made by talented
photographers. Beginning on p. 17, you will be able to enjoy 21 pages of top-notch architectural photography from
seven highly skilled artists. Most of them are members of
the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers (aiap.net).
world when he received a home darkroom kit as a gift
Also, be sure to turn to p. 66 and view the Portfolio
during his junior high school years. He went on to study
image from C. Taylor Crothers. The image is striking on
film and television production and used an advertising
its own. When you read what it is, I'm confident it will
side job to launch his architectural-photography career.
take on a deeper meaning for you.
He is also a sculpture artist and does fine-art photogra-
In addition to C. Taylor Crothers, this special photography section celebrates the work of these artists:
phy and painting.
* Martin King (p. 40) graduated from the Art Center
* Brett Drury (p. 18) is a photographer whose work I've
College of Design, Pasadena, CA, to pursue advertising
followed and enjoyed for many years. He has a unique
work and "any photo job he could find." He eventually
approach to scheduling shoots. Be sure to visit his web-
honed in on architecture and interior design because he
site to learn more.
loves the combination of art and science that photogra-
* Henry Cabala (p. 22) has studied and practiced photography from the time he first had an opportunity to take
a photography class, through his Masters in Fine Arts
studies, and into his professional career.
An old train car photographed by
Brian Thomas Jones.
* Brian Thomas Jones (p. 36) entered the photography
phy provides and the technical challenges presented by
* Jim Roof (p. 44) studied piano performance at Georgia
State Univ., Atlanta, where he also developed an interest
* Terry Wier (p. 26) began his career in 1971 in the New
in photography. He applies to his photography a music
York City fashion and advertising world. While shutting
professor's admonition that a good musical composi-
down a studio, he discovered that the images he made
tion strikes the proper balance between unity and con-
for himself were of architecture. He used that discovery
trast. Too much unity is bland and boring. Too much
to launch his architectural photography career.
contrast leads to a lack of cohesion.
* Jeffrey Sauers (p. 30) is a photographer, pilot, and "tech-
Please enjoy what I hope will become an annual presen-
nical junkie." His love for photography stems from the
tation of excellent architectural photography and I en-
art and technology combination it presents. He uses a
courage you to contact one of these photographers for
"texture lighting" technique to give images a three-di-
your next shoot. If you have a favorite photographer you
mensional, rendering-like quality.
would like us to consider for next year, let me know. CA
Gary L. Parr
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