Constructing Vision: Award winning architectural exhibition opens

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Photography and architecture form an unlikely alliance. Photography is time, architecture is space. Architecture is volume, photography is flat. Buildings are made to last, where photography is endlessly reproducible, endlessly malleable, in our digital age.
Yet since the photograph’s conception, the two have been inseparable. Be it a bitumen-coated plate or a memory card, photography is our primary medium to communicate and digest architecture, constantly transforming how we perceive and value the world.

Su Shengliang, susl_photography@126.com, Long Museum West Bund, Cultural building, Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai, China, 2014/4/12
Long Museum West Bund, Cultural building, Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai, China © Su Shengliang
De Rotterdam, by Rem Koolhaas OMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
De Rotterdam, by Rem Koolhaas OMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Building Images, an exhibition of the best architectural photography worldwide, explores the complexity and power of this relationship, showcasing a myriad of interpretations and representations some of the world’s most renowned architectural photographers have to offer.
The exhibition, which opens on the 4th of February, features the winning images from The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2015.
Interiors_Refugi-dil-fieu-Flims-Switzerland_Photograph-by-Mads-Mogensen
Interiors, Refugi dil fieu Flims, Switzerland © Mads Mogensen
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Building type: Public Cox Rayner Architects Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Paypal Transaction ID: 8T727176447499741
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Cox Rayner Architects, Queensland, Australia
Divided into four categories methodology – Building in use, Exteriors, Interiors and Sense of Place – Building Images demonstrates a broad range of photographic styles and approaches to the medium as well as featuring a diverse set of outstanding architectural forms.
Work from overall winner Fernando Guerra will be shown alongside the short listed entrants, Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre, Doublespace, Christopher Frederick Jones, Laurian Ghinitoiu, Mark Gorton, Ryan Koopmans Lingfei Tan and Song Han, Mads Mogensen, Tom Roe, Ieva Saudargaitė, Su Shengliang, Grant Smith and Jeremie Souteyrat.
 EPFL Quartier Nord Architect: Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés Location: Ecublens, Switzerland Date: April 2014 PAYPAL reference: 2HB90218MU541123C
EPFL Quartier Nord, by Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés, Ecublens, Switzerland
Parque Natural do Fogo, by OTO Arquitectos, Ilha do Fogo, Cabo Verde
Parque Natural do Fogo, by OTO Arquitectos, Ilha do Fogo, Cabo Verde
“Photographers are conveyors of the architectural experience,” says Sto Werkstatt’s curator Amy Croft. “Photography has the unique ability to explore and represent architectural space and form, and even to express fundamental architectural concepts.
“It is our hope that, through this exhibition, we will spark a wider debate on the use of imagery in the digital era as well as the importance of visual communication tools within the architecture and design industry.”
Yick Cheong Building
Yick Cheong Building, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Su Shengliang, susl_photography@126.com, Long Museum West Bund, Cultural building, Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai, China, 2014/4/4
Long Museum West Bund, Cultural building, Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai, China © Su Shengliang
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and seminars, where the public will have the opportunity to explore further the medium of photography in architecture.
Building Images is free and open to the public from 5 February to 25 March 2016 at Sto Werkstatt. For more information go here.

Charlotte Harding

Charlotte Harding is a writer, creative consultant and editor of More This, a sustainable sourcebook for doing good, based in London. She has been writing for British Journal of Photography since 2014, and graduated in 2016 with an MA in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, UoL. Her work is published on various arts and culture platforms, including AnOther, TOAST and Noon Magazine.