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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm    Post subject: Article: Photographing the Guggenheim Museum Reply with quote

Photographing Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim Museum


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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any photographer might succumb to the temptation to make "eye candy" when confronted with an unusual and beautiful building. Many have done
so---including, occasionally, the professional photographers whose names we all recognize, those who specialize in the capture of significant buildings.

It seems to me that a primary duty of the architectural photographer is to find ways to represent a building as it is seen by the visitor, both inside
and out. This would presumably be one goal assigned to the photographer by the architect: "Show my building as it appears to the observer."

We recognize that this is all but an impossible task; a two-dimensional medium is by definition incapable of rendering a three-dimensional experience.
This, however, should be a spur to the imagination and the skill of the photographer, and not an excuse to abandon the challenge.

Only when this task has been completed, to the best of the photographer's ability, would he be allowed the indulgence---the treat---of "playing" with the
building, making eye-catching images, often irrelevant to the designer's goals and the visitor's experience, that the structure and/or its setting present
to the camera . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless a photographer is given a specific assignment, I don't see why he would be considered duty-bound. Focusing on details, as Pielage notes, reveals elements of design visitors often miss. This is what Mark Hertzberg does so well at Taliesin. It is not an indulgence.
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