The Changing Focus of Architectural Photography with Alan Karchmer

by | Feb 9, 2022 | Member Spotlight, Strictly Business Blog

Image ©Alan Karchmer Château la Coste Art Centre in Provence; Architect: Tadao Ando

Trace the evolution of architectural photography to understand how this art form reflects the architectural and photographic aesthetics and technologies of its time.

DC-based architectural photographer, Alan Karchmer, will be a panelist in the upcoming program –The Changing Focus of Architectural Photography – at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 6:30pm to 8:00pmET. This program complements the exhibition Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer, currently on view at the Museum through June 5, 2022. Alan has risen to prominence in his field thanks to his skill in conveying architects’ ideas and intentions. Having earned a Master of Architecture himself, Karchmer uses his knowledge of design, coupled with his own artistic vision, to express the essence of a building. He is, quintessentially, “The Architects’ Photographer.” The exhibition celebrates Karchmer’s recent bequest of his professional archive to the collection of the National Building Museum. You can follow Alan on Instagram at @alan_karchmer.

The panel of experts will also include Emily Bills, Ph.D. (moderator) assistant adjunct professor in the Urban Studies program at The New School in New York; photographer Sahar Costan-Hardy; and artist Erica Stoller, daughter of photographer Ezra Stoller. They will discuss how successive generations of photographers reflect the characteristics of their respective periods in their work.

The panelists will offer perspectives on three distinct periods in architectural photography—from Mid-20th Century Modernism when architects discovered the potential of photography to inform and shape widespread perception of their work, to the Late 20th Century as architects and photographers more broadly embrace context and human interaction, to the 21st Century, the advent of the digital era, and its impact on form in architecture and photographic technology.

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