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AIA|LA Announces Winners of
Inaugural AIA|LA Architectural
The AIA|LA is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural Architectural Photography Awards (APA.) "Architects across the globe rely on
photographers to transpose a design's three dimensional presence into the single dimension of a photograph. These awards are a means
to honor the photographer's contributions to the field and to the profession's individual practitioners," said AIA|LA Executive Director Carlo
Caccavale, Hon. AIA|LA.
Culled from over 200 images submitted for consideration, the eleven winning photographs (including one series of three images) represent
the 'eye' of seven different photographers who depicted the built environment in locations that ranged from Hjerkinn, Norway to Yarra
recording of deeply meaningful place, the winning images "went beyond documenting a project," noted jury member Takashi Yanai, FAIA.
"They told stories about the built environment."
THE 2017 AIA|LA WINNING PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE:
Honor Award recipients: Darren Bradley, Tim Griffith
Merit Award recipients: Steve King, Tim Griffith, Paul Turang, Affiliate AIA|LA
Citation Award recipients: Robert Brooke Sadler, Eric Staudenmaier
Best Series: Sandra Feller
The process of obtaining the eleven winning images is as diverse as their locations and demonstrates the field's commitment to craft.
Though Darren Bradley meticulously researched and planned a trip to the New Jersey shore to photograph modernism in the area's resort
communities, which he describes as "time capsules" for the style, his honor award winner Offseason almost didn't occur. When he visited the town of Wildwood, poor weather nearly turned the day into a wash. But as he was leaving, he saw the hotel that is Offseason's
subject and was attracted to its "contrast of the cheery colors against the isolation and sense of abandonment. It seemed like the perfect
composition waiting for me to find it," he noted.
Tim Griffith wanted to photograph mixed-use project Riverside 66, located in the center of historic Tianjin, China, from a viewpoint above
the city. It took days of negotiation with Chinese authorities to gain access but once given permission, he was allowed scant time to photograph his subject. He found himself stalling his minders but managed to do so long enough "for a sliver of cloud to open up and animate
the expansive, glass facade against the city."
Situated above the Arctic Circle, Norwegian architect Snorre Stinesson's Sea Cabins is part of an outdoor recreational resort on a private
island and was not going to be open during photographer Steve King's visit to Norway. He credits access to them to "the unceasing effort"
of his girlfriend. Though the couple were only allocated two nights and one full day at the resort, he used part of it to compose the highly
edited picture which garnered one of the APA's merit awards.
During the last week in January, 2017 AIA|LA APA winners were feted at a cocktail party hosted by Leica Gallery Los Angeles. Leica cameras are the results of fine German engineering. The lens of the renowned camera company are precision crafted masterpieces - practical,
compact, ergonomic and cutting-edge for ultimate analogue and digital photography. "We are particularly honored to partner with this
renowned camera designer and manufacturer," noted AIA|LA Executive Director Carlo Caccavale. "Leica's commitment to the art of the
visual record is recognized by photographers globally."
In addition to Yanai, who is a Partner and the Residential Studio Director of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, the 2017 APA jury was
comprised of: Patricia Lanza, Director, Talent & Content, Annenberg Space for Photography, and the Los Angeles-based photographer
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