Living with architectural photography means that you have to be familiar with it. You have to understand the vision and the technique, which mature with the photographer to show the result, as well as the history preceding it, which in turn tells us about the reasons. When Marc Torra took the leap to architectural photography, he knew that he needed certain literary referents in order to educate and consolidate his professional pursuits.
Taking advantage of the recent launch of the Fragments website, we wanted to offer a brief summary of the most emblematic and almost necessary works in order to examine the origin and evolution of architectural photography.
These readings are part of the Fragments collection, and even today they are an inevitable source of inspiration. photography and architecture books
From rudimentary techniques in image recording to the birth of the illustrated press and the advent of colour, it is a definitive, must-read chronicle of the evolution of photography which reveals that instead of just expressing absolute realities, photography instead gives us the ability to interpret the world through the lens.
- Architecture Transformed. A History of the Photography of Building from 1839 to the Present, by Cervin Robinson and Joel Herschman (published by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology & The Architectural League of New York)
Since daguerreotype, the photographic art, the quasi-sibling of painting and drawing, has allowed us to create captivating languages and to experiment on new terrain. The infinite unfolding of the possibilities of creation and image recording left portraiture, the hallmark of the photographic art in its early years of life, behind and gave rise instead a new scene. This book shows the intersection of two disciplines: architecture and photography, and how they have come to evolve together.
- A Constructed View. The Architectural Photography of Julius Shulman, of Joseph Rosa (published by Rizzoli).
Julius Shulman is the father of architectural photography. This is an essential handbook that provides a comprehensive overview of the photographic-architectural milieu in which we operate. The book shows Shulman’s photographic history and leaves glimpses of the changes in the author’s life course, including his move to the countryside at a young age and his discovery of skyscrapers. It is the step-by-step story of a pioneer with an oeuvre seasoned by critics, who accuse him of detracting from the quality of some of his projects by dressing scenes in a certain artificial light. Another reference work is Julius Shulman: The Last Decade, by Thomas Schirmbock (published by Kehrer Verlag).
This is the practical member of this inventory of books. After a required historical account, the instructional part asks readers to assimilate concepts and consolidate ideas. Materials, techniques, formats, positions and perspectives are all so crucial in both determining the character of an image taken deliberately and in knowing how to make the most of the resources at hand to exploit the qualities of photography. After a brief perusal, readers will be ready to tackle architectural photography.
- The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook, by Juergen Gulbins and Uwe Steinmueller (published by Rockynook)
Part of the temperament of an image is the outcome of its colour and texture, hallmarks that tend to become the factors that make the greatest impact when looking at an architectural photograph. This book offers an in-depth explanation of the process needed to achieve optimal, balanced results in these and other parameters based on original digital archives, from the initial work to the delivery of the results.