May 20, 2013
The Herzog & de Meuron-designed Olympic Stadium in Beijing. Photo: Iwan Baan
Dutch photographer Iwan Baan has been at the forefront of architectural photography since 2005, when he documented both OMA’s CCTV tower and Herzog and de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium in Beijing. He soon rose to the top of the profession, being called on to photograph many of the most innovative contemporary buildings. His influence expanded beyond the architectural profession when he captured the iconic New York Magazine cover image of Lower Manhattan without power after Hurricane Sandy. This district soon came to be called SoPo—South of Power—and Baan’s photo was instrumental in bringing the storm’s effects into public view.
Honored with the Architizer A+ Relevance Award, presented by New Museum director Lisa Phillips, Iwan Baan is among the most talented architectural photographers working today. His art lies not only in capturing the building as an object, or in mastering composition, but also in capturing the urban context and human life both within and beyond his subjects’ walls. He shows architecture as most people see it, transcendent but also in touch with day-to-day life.
Presented here is a roundup of some of his most celebrated images, including studies of life in the Torre de David, an abandoned bank tower turned informal housing complex in Caracas, Venezuela. Check out all of the images below, as well as on Baan’s web site.