Beautiful architecture should be shared. Sharing it requires a skilled photographer who knows how to use light, composition and equipment to bring out the best in a design. Below, Commercial Architecture’s editors are pleased to present a collection of excellent architectural images from seven very talented photographers. Most of the photographers are members of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers, an organization focused on promoting the professional success of established, independent architectural photographers. We are confident that you will find the images on the following pages to be visually enjoyable and inspirational.
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Brett Drury Architectural Photography Inc.
Tucson, AZ/San Diego
Drury established his firm in 1994 and uses a unique business approach. Through his website and e-mail list, companies in need of photography that may not be able to afford the added expenses to have a photographer travel to their projects, can learn when Drury and company will be in the area. He will then extend his trip and produce the “images they need without the travel component blowing their budget.”
Henry Cabala Photography
S. Pasadena, CA
Henry Cabala has specialized in the photography of the built environment for more than 20 years. While he does much of his work in the Los Angeles area, he as photographed architecture throughout the country and in Canada and Mexico. “One of my favorite places to photograph is on college campuses, where the grounds are pristine and the buildings are positioned thoughtfully on the campus. Commercial and civic architecture have always been important segments of my business and some of my favorite structures to photograph.”
Terry Wier Photography
North Dallas, TX
Terry Wier has been a professional photographer for more than 45 years. While sorting out images after 20 years in the fashion and advertising industry, he discovered that photos he made “just for me” were architectural in nature. This prompted him to redirect his career and involve the two things he loves: architecture and travel. He had immediate success with spec photos and now finds that he spend half of his time in the U.S. and half overseas. His two favorite areas are China and the UAE. “The UAE is easy to work in but takes time to learn your way around. They do not have building address numbers so most directions are by landmark. You have to update your GPS every night, due to the massive amount of construction.”
Commercial Photographics Inc.
Washington D.C./Arlington, VA/Baltimore
Jeffrey Sauers has been photographing architecture for more than 20 years. He also is a pilot and frequently combines flying with photography, describing his activities as the “perfect marriage of art and technology, with architecture at the hear of it. This marriage of art and technology has allowed me to develop a unique lighting technique that allows me to add texture within the images to give them a three-dimensional, rendering-like quality. Although some would call it painting with light, I call it “texture lighting,” since it does not alter the lighting designed for the space, but simply brings out the textures in the surfaces, much like our eyes would see them in real life.”
Brian Thomas Jones
Brian Thomas Jones Photography
Brian Thomas Jones’ photography career started, as it did for so many, with a home darkroom kit he received as a junior high school student. He followed the well-traveled path as a newspaper lab tech and photojournalist. He went on to study motion picture and television production at New York Univ. Tisch School of the Arts. While working in the entertainment industry, did some architectural photography for a flooring company ad. Word-of-mouth referrals followed and reached a level that allowed him to leave the entertainment industry to concentrate on architecture and interior-design photography, which he has done for more than 17 years. “My approach to lighting is from invaluable lessons learned on how to light mass and void from the cinematographers of movies and television series I worked on. Through both collaboration and observation I absorbed the tricks of the trade used to light a room, building, or open space without the subject appearing to be ‘lit.’”
Martin King Photography
Newport Beach, CA
After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Martin King pursued advertising work and took any photo job he could find. After several years he decided that his real passion was architecture and interior design and decided to specialize in that field. “Photographing a building is like doing an enormous product shot. How you use and manipulate the lighting can transform the look of a building completely. My preferred method of working is to scout a project first, edit that down with the client to the few images that best represent the design, and then go after those with the goal always being to flatter the architecture and produce stunning images.”
Jim Roof Creative
Jim Roof has been photographing architecture and interiors for more than 33 years. He started his business in 1982 shortly after graduating from Georgia State University, Atlanta with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance. While pursuing his music studies in college, he developed an interest in photography and tinkered with shooting still life images for advertising. In early 1982, opportunities led to shooting architecture and interiors. Roof believes that there are common themes that bind all forms of artistic expression and still remembers his music professor’s admonition that a good musical composition strikes the proper balance between unity and contrast. Too much unity is bland and boring. Too much contrast leads to a lack of cohesion. Balancing unity and contrast is one of the main goals that he strives to capture in his photography; a compositional balance that is at once unified and varied enough to capture and to hold interest. The same goes for architecture. “Thoughtful architecture expresses the very same relationships in space that music conveys in time.”