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Architecture Photography

Art and architecture share many similarities. They've influenced one another throughout history. However, trying to liken these two disciplines will inevitably lead to certain contractions.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that Art, in its broadest sense, is defined as a creation meant to trigger an emotional response which is generally related to aesthetic pleasure. It doesn't satisfy any of life's basic needs, but it leads to thoughts, reflections, and often taps into our subconscious and our memory. On the other hand, architecture's primary purpose is to shelter individuals and ensure their safety. Architecture is meant to serve a utilitarian purpose.

Today, architecture has gone far beyond this initial function. Architects have strived to combine engineering and aesthetic research to create buildings that are so out of the ordinary we wonder how they were designed. They want their creations to stand out and favour originality and creativity. Just like in arts, architecture is influenced by the historical, social, and political context of the time and each movement has its own characteristics, from baroque to futurism to Bauhaus. Modern architecture marked a turn in the history of architecture. Architects revolutionised the social scope of their discipline and took an industrialist approach to society and nature — avant-garde architects rubbed shoulders with artists such as Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian, and members of the De Stijl group. Le Corbusier is a pioneer in collective housing, and also took part in ambitious projects which aimed to rebuild entire cities, such as Chandigarh in India. Decorative arts also developed by taking inspiration from the conventions that governed modernist architecture.

Contemporary architecture might not be a specific movement per se, but buildings that fall into this category share certain attributes. Contemporary architecture is characterised by curvy lines and various volumes in a single structure, as seen with the Sydney Opera House. The architect Jørn Utzon explained that he didn't seek to create a building for this project, but an actual sculpture. The building continually renews itself with new meanings and experiences for each passerby. Architectural works often require periods of deep reflection and a long though process in order for the architect to envisage how to give their building a sense of character and soul.

Whether architecture is an art or not is a never ending debate, but it is undeniable that there are strong links between the two disciplines. There are many examples of collaborations between contemporary artists and architects, and today the works of the greatest architects are exhibited in museums along with their fellow artists.

Discover our selections of artworks inspired by art and architecture!

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Aleix  Plademunt, Cult #08 Las Vegas, Photography

Aleix Plademunt

Cult #08 Las Vegas, 2009
125 x 140 x 0.2 cm
Photography

€5,500

Linda Chapman, Drawn Light, Photography

Linda Chapman

Drawn Light, 2020
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€695

Patrick Blanc, Sunken Boat, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Sunken Boat, 2016
70 x 105 x 1 cm
Photography

€900

Sandra Gonçalves, Pandemic - 09, Photography

Sandra Gonçalves

Pandemic - 09, 2020
49 x 100 cm
Photography

€1,050

Massimo Listri, Castello di Stupinigi, Torino, Italy, Photography

Massimo Listri

Castello di Stupinigi, Torino, Italy, 2012
120 x 150 x 1 cm
Photography

€14,000

Franco Fontana, Paesaggio urbano, Venice, Los Angeles, Photography

Franco Fontana

Paesaggio urbano, Venice, Los Angeles, 1990
60 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€7,800

Our recommendations Pascal Therme, Hommage à David Hockney, Piscine & Jacuzzi, 60 éléments, Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA, Photography

Pascal Therme

Hommage à David Hockney, Piscine & Jacuzzi, 60 éléments, Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA, 2005
80 x 120 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€3,500

Christian Bruneau, Punition, Photography

Christian Bruneau

Punition, 2015
60 x 90 x 3 cm
Photography

€360

Julie Peiffer, 11h53 - 6,09, Crue de la Seine - Paris 2016, Photography

Julie Peiffer

11h53 - 6,09, Crue de la Seine - Paris 2016, 2016
50 x 50 cm
Photography

€710

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Project for a Public Building's Packaging, Photography

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Project for a Public Building's Packaging, 1971
54 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Photography

€5,000

Cécile Baldewyns, Circus, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Circus, 2015
40 x 60 cm
Photography

€700

Fabien Novarino, Manhattan Traffic, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Manhattan Traffic, 2020
80 x 120 x 2 cm
Photography

€1,180

Arkadiy Kurta, Cloister Belle, Photography

Arkadiy Kurta

Cloister Belle, 2016
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Photography

€900

Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
90 x 170 x 0.2 cm
Photography

€5,500

Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
47 x 35 x 1.5 cm
Photography

€330

Bettino Craxi, Zitouna Mosque, Photography

Bettino Craxi

Zitouna Mosque, 1994
49 x 53 x 0.4 cm
Photography

€550

Ivan Argote, Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), Photography

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), 2011
62 x 42 cm
Photography

€5,300

Our recommendations Serge Mendjisky, Statue de la Liberté HC, Photography

Serge Mendjisky

Statue de la Liberté HC, 2008
150 x 66 x 5 cm
Photography

€12,000

Slim Aarons, Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, Photography

Slim Aarons

Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, 2020
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Photography

€3,125

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€3,400

Marie-Laure Vareilles, New York, Photography

Marie-Laure Vareilles

New York, 2015
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Photography

€3,200

LaO PaZ, Perdida en la ciudad, Photography

LaO PaZ

Perdida en la ciudad, 2011
40 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

€700

Shen Yongji, Eventually Unified to the Original, Photography

Shen Yongji

Eventually Unified to the Original, 2015
90 x 110 x 1 cm
Photography

€2,400

Djamel Djebbour, Havane I, Photography

Djamel Djebbour

Havane I, 2015
80 x 120 x 3 cm
Photography

€6,000

Lut Moerenhout, To be the architect of your own work 6/8, Photography

Lut Moerenhout

To be the architect of your own work 6/8, 2017
70 x 105 x 3 cm
Photography

€2,200

Gregory Crewdson, Production Still (Oak Street 02), Photography

Gregory Crewdson

Production Still (Oak Street 02), 2008
55.9 x 43.2 cm
Photography

€5,800

Edi Hirose, Expansión 5928, Photography

Edi Hirose

Expansión 5928, 2013
136 x 110 cm
Photography

€7,000

Guillaume Herbaut, Tchernobyl, Photography

Guillaume Herbaut

Tchernobyl, 2009
60 x 75 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€2,950

Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
122 x 191 cm
Photography

€9,000

Sophie Mabille, Calacuccia, Photography

Sophie Mabille

Calacuccia, 2014
100 x 150 x 1 cm
Photography

€6,600

CharlElie Couture, Manhattan Photo-Grafs, Photography

CharlElie Couture

Manhattan Photo-Grafs, 2009
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

€1,200

Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 20.62, Photography

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 20.62, 2020
40 x 30 x 2.5 cm
Photography

€600

Thomas Lamadieu, Séoul, Photography

Thomas Lamadieu

Séoul, 2016
100 x 75 x 1 cm
Photography

€529

Francesca Pompei, The passenger, Photography

Francesca Pompei

The passenger, 2017
70 x 105 x 2 cm
Photography

€1,200

Pablo Guillamon, London City-1, Photography

Pablo Guillamon

London City-1, 2020
80 x 60 x 2 cm
Photography

€300

Brno Del Zou, Quartier St Michel - Bordeaux, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Quartier St Michel - Bordeaux, 2017
60 x 125 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€800

William Stewart, Venice #6, Photography

William Stewart

Venice #6, 2020
60 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€358

Pep Ventosa, Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, Photography

Pep Ventosa

Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, 2018
91.4 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Photography

€1,037

Dmitriy Konradt, St Petersburg, Photography

Dmitriy Konradt

St Petersburg, 2003
60 x 40 cm
Photography

€2,000

Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, Photography

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, 2012
50 x 50 cm
Photography

€650

Antoine Guibert, Cork-Eire, Photography

Antoine Guibert

Cork-Eire, 2015
50 x 75 x 2 cm
Photography

€299

Fabien Vieilletoile, Ascenseur Pédestre, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Ascenseur Pédestre, 2012
93 x 140 x 3 cm
Photography

€890

Matt Jukes, Across the sands I, Photography

Matt Jukes

Across the sands I, 2020
84 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€597

Jean-Paul Baret, N°1150, Photography

Jean-Paul Baret

N°1150, 2017
60 x 60 cm
Photography

€415

Javier Rey, 1004 Windows, Photography

Javier Rey

1004 Windows, 2018
70 x 46.5 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€518

Stéphane Navailles, Sortie bw Paris, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Sortie bw Paris, 2021
40 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€518

Baptiste Tavernier, Martian Minarets, Photography

Baptiste Tavernier

Martian Minarets, 2021
16 x 14 x 3 cm
Photography

€250

Jacinto Santamaria, The Illuminated House, Photography

Jacinto Santamaria

The Illuminated House, 2020
59.4 x 84 cm
Photography

€1,000

Sander Schilthuizen, Holocaust Memorial #2, Photography

Sander Schilthuizen

Holocaust Memorial #2, 2018
100 x 150 x 0.2 cm
Photography

€499

Michael Wallner, Borough Station 1, Photography

Michael Wallner

Borough Station 1, 2017
38 x 48 x 0.3 cm
Photography

€591

Jim Kazanjian, Untitled (Temple), Photography

Jim Kazanjian

Untitled (Temple), 2012
28 x 28 cm
Photography

€850

Pedro Correa, Heaven Burning, Photography

Pedro Correa

Heaven Burning, 2014
120 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

€3,960

Lauric Gourbal, Distillerie, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Distillerie, 2017
80 x 120 x 0.03 cm
Photography

€849

Imagilaire, Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), Photography

Imagilaire

Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), 2019
60 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Photography

€800

Caramés Maite, American Style - Exit, Photography

Caramés Maite

American Style - Exit, 2010
60 x 40 cm
Photography

€1,000

Jen Zahigian, Life in Lemon Yellow, Photography

Jen Zahigian

Life in Lemon Yellow, 2018
27.9 x 40.6 x 1.9 cm
Photography

€259

Philippe Bréson, Paysage #167, Photography

Philippe Bréson

Paysage #167, 2014
27 x 27 cm
Photography

€777

Edmund Sumner, Leaning Man, Photography

Edmund Sumner

Leaning Man, 2017
59.8 x 47.5 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€597

Patrick Lajoie, Holiday In Venice, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Holiday In Venice, 2019
81.3 x 81.3 x 5.1 cm
Photography

€1,901

Petros Chrisostomou, Forever, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Forever, 2008
35 x 27 cm
Photography

€1,500

Roman Koenig, Serie New World #3, Photography

Roman Koenig

Serie New World #3, 2016
90 x 60 x 5 cm
Photography

€1,000

Jaione García, Urban Beehive III, Photography

Jaione García

Urban Beehive III, 2015
24 x 36 cm
Photography

€300

Maciej Leszczynski, Bandra Station Road #2, Photography

Maciej Leszczynski

Bandra Station Road #2, 2018
28.22 x 35.28 cm
Photography

€350

Mihály Demeczky, Alps XL., Switzerland, Photography

Mihály Demeczky

Alps XL., Switzerland, 2018
20 x 20 cm
Photography

€250

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