Building Images exhibition to showcase best architectural photography at Sto Werkstatt

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Building Images, an exhibition of the best architectural photography worldwide, will open today at the Sto Werkstatt in Clerkenwell. The exhibition, which features winning images from The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2014, will run from 16th January – 28th February 2015 and celebrates the power and impact of photography on the way we sense and experience spaces.

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Photograph by James Leynse

The exhibition will showcase 14 of the world‘s most renowned architectural photographers including overall winners Hufton + Crow as well as David Borland, Sonia Mangiapane, Tim Van de Velde and Mads Mogensen. During the World Architecture Festival, a highly acclaimed panel that included Kristina Julia Bacht, Sir Terry Farrell, Bjarne Hammer, David Jenkins, Amy Croft, Ken Schluchtmann, Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown judged the awards. In the short-listing process, the panel looked beyond the architecture itself, considering the photographers’ merits in composition, light, sense of place, atmosphere and use of scale.

Amy Croft, curator at Sto Werkstatt said: ‘Photographers are conveyors of the architectural experience and photography has the unique ability to explore and represent architectural space and form, and even to express fundamental architectural ideas and 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.’

Photograph by David Borland

Building Images is divided into four categories that explore different architectural qualities and a diverse technical approach and methodology. The categories ‘Building in Use‘, ‘Exteriors‘, ‘Interiors‘ and ‘Sense of Place‘ demonstrate a broad range of photographic styles and approaches to the medium as well as featuring a diverse set of outstanding architectural forms.

Photograph by Victor Romero

Building Images will focus on the medium’s practice, methodology and means of architectural representation. Sto Werkstatt in collaboration with Arcaid Images has sought to examine the skill and creativity of the photographer and explore the critical possibilities of photography.

Lynne Bryant, co-founder of Arcaid Images, said: ‘Photography has long been the means of communicating architecture. Indeed the earliest known image taken with a camera obscura in the late 1820’s could be said to be architectural, it was from an upstairs window of outbuildings. The medium has changed and be it a bitumen-coated plate or a memory card the technology is only a means to an end. It is the interpretation, the eye and the creatively of the photographer that the Arcaid Images Architectural Photographer of the Year Awards focuses on.’

Photograph by Hufton and Crow

Building Images is free and open to the public from 15 January to 26 February at Sto Werkstatt in Woodbridge street Clerkenwell, London. 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 as well as talk with leading people in the field of architecture, photography and media.