When photography met architecture

What’s the relationship between a photo and a building? How does one convey the sense of the other? What role can and should photography play within modern-day design? These questions and more are explored in Building Images (werkstatt.sto.com/en/what-s-on/news-detailview_34816.html), an exhibition of the best architectural photography from all over the globe, currently showing at Sto Werkstatt London.


The exhibition features images from the world’s most prestigious architectural photographers, selected from The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2014. The aim is to celebrate the power and impact photography has on the way we perceive and experience buildings and spaces. A bonus is that the exhibition allows visitors to examine architectural features close up, as well as gaining aerial perspectives normally impossible to view.

Amy Croft, curator at Sto Werkstatt says:
“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.”


The selection panel’s mission was to look beyond the architecture itself, “considering the photographers’ merits in composition, light, sense of place, atmosphere and use of scale.” The exhibition is divided into four categories, Building in Use, Exteriors, Interiors and Sense of Place, to celebrate the varying methodologies photographers use.

Hufton + Crow wow with their stunning shots of the wave-like Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, which seems always to be in motion; while Ducio Malagamba’s interior shots of Holland’s Rijksmuseum offer an opulent sense of calm.


Building Images is free and open to the public from 16 January–26 February at Sto Werkstatt in Clerkenwell, London. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and seminars, where the public will have the opportunity to explore the medium of photography as well as talk with leading people in the field of architecture, photography and media. The Werkstatt is a new east London showcase for the whole Sto Group, offering a variety of cultural experiences, from exhibitions to talks to consultations and workshops. Well worth a visit!