Iwan Baan: Contemporary Architectural Photographs
London, United Kingdom
On view: November 11, 2008 - December 11, 2008
The exhibition showcases recent architectural photography by the young and increasingly influential Dutch photographer Iwan Baan.
He has pioneered a 3D interactive photographic technique featuring finished buildings and scale models as well as commissions by leading international architects to photograph a wide range of the world's most exciting contemporary architecture.
For the last three years Baan has documented the construction of
OMA's China Central Television (CCTV) building, alongside Herzog
& de Meuron's Olympic Stadium and other 2008 Olympic projects
This first solo exhibition dedicated to Baan's work highlights the rich and idiosyncratic nature of his oeuvre, with an emphasis on recent Asian assignments. Based at any given time in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Beijing or New York,
Baan's modus operandi redefines the traditionally static
relationship between the architectural photographer and his subject
(the immovable building, and the equally unmoving photographer
behind the ground glass screen of a 5x4 plate camera) with an
approach borrowed more from reportage photography - transient,
animated, fast-paced. The resulting unique documentary quality of
his architectural photographs, which entertain as much as they
mesmerize, also resonates with the extraordinary qualities of a
wide range of recent buildings.
Baan's perspective on recent works by OMA, SANAA, Steven Holl,
Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Michael Maltzan and Diller
Scofidio + Renfro, a number of which feature in this show, has
given scope for new interpretations. His photographs are published
and collected internationally.
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