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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.

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Aleix  Plademunt, Cult #08 Las Vegas, Photography

Aleix Plademunt

Cult #08 Las Vegas, 2009
49.2 x 55.1 x 0.1 inch


Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, 2014
23.6 x 31.5 inch


Patrick Blanc, Sunken Boat, Photography

Patrick Blanc

Sunken Boat, 2016
27.6 x 41.3 x 0.4 inch


Linda Chapman, Drawn Light, Photography

Linda Chapman

Drawn Light, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


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

Franco Fontana

Paesaggio urbano, Venice, Los Angeles, 1990
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


Alexander Benz, Curtain Call, Photography

Alexander Benz

Curtain Call, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch


Sandra Gonçalves, Pandemic - 01, Photography

Sandra Gonçalves

Pandemic - 01, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 inch


J. Marquette Romeu, Passing Under the Shadows, Photography

J. Marquette Romeu

Passing Under the Shadows, 2021
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Richard Heeps, Utopian Foyer, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Utopian Foyer, Milan, 2020
24 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Feng Hatat, Ombre et lumière III, Photography

Feng Hatat

Ombre et lumière III, 2014
18.9 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 inch


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

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Project for a Public Building's Packaging, 1971
21.3 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Fabien Novarino, Manhattan Traffic, Photography

Fabien Novarino

Manhattan Traffic, 2020
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch


Cécile Baldewyns, Sana, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Sana, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Arkadiy Kurta, Cloister Belle, Photography

Arkadiy Kurta

Cloister Belle, 2016
16 x 20 inch

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Christian Bruneau, Punition, Photography

Christian Bruneau

Punition, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Muriel Bordier, Les maîtres nageurs, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les maîtres nageurs, 2015
35.4 x 66.9 x 0.1 inch


Bettino Craxi, Zitouna Mosque, Photography

Bettino Craxi

Zitouna Mosque, 1994
19.3 x 20.9 x 0.2 inch


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

Ivan Argote

Horse (Paris, Hôtel de Ville), 2011
24.4 x 16.5 inch


Shen Yongji, Eventually Unified to the Original, Photography

Shen Yongji

Eventually Unified to the Original, 2015
35.4 x 43.3 x 0.4 inch


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

Serge Mendjisky

Statue de la Liberté HC, 2008
59.1 x 26 x 2 inch


Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


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
27.6 x 41.3 x 1.2 inch


Guillaume Herbaut, Tchernobyl, Photography

Guillaume Herbaut

Tchernobyl, 2009
23.6 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Alessandra Bisi, Ibrid Cracovia, Photography

Alessandra Bisi

Ibrid Cracovia, 2018
18.5 x 13.8 x 0.6 inch


Marie-Laure Vareilles, New York, Photography

Marie-Laure Vareilles

New York, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


LaO PaZ, Perdida en la ciudad, Photography


Perdida en la ciudad, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch


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

Gregory Crewdson

Production Still (Oak Street 02), 2008
22 x 17 inch


Edi Hirose, Expansión 5928, Photography

Edi Hirose

Expansión 5928, 2013
53.5 x 43.3 inch


Michael K. Yamaoka, Lone House, Billings Montana, Photography

Michael K. Yamaoka

Lone House, Billings Montana, 1983
20 x 16 x 0.04 inch


Nadine Track, Central Park, Photography

Nadine Track

Central Park, 2015
48 x 75.2 inch


Sophie Mabille, Calacuccia, Photography

Sophie Mabille

Calacuccia, 2014
39.4 x 59.1 x 0.4 inch


CharlElie Couture, Manhattan Photo-Grafs, Photography

CharlElie Couture

Manhattan Photo-Grafs, 2009
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Thomas Dellert, Pepsi Monroe American Bar, Photography

Thomas Dellert

Pepsi Monroe American Bar, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Arthur Hent, Self-Portrait 20.62, Photography

Arthur Hent

Self-Portrait 20.62, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 1 inch


Paula Wilkins, Love me Tender, Photography

Paula Wilkins

Love me Tender, 2016
11.8 x 47.2 x 0 inch


Thomas Lamadieu, Séoul, Photography

Thomas Lamadieu

Séoul, 2016
39.4 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Francesca Pompei, The passenger, Photography

Francesca Pompei

The passenger, 2017
27.6 x 41.3 x 0.8 inch


Pieter Bauermeister, "I believe", Photography

Pieter Bauermeister

"I believe", 2007
33.1 x 46.5 x 0.4 inch


Brno Del Zou, Quartier St Michel - Bordeaux, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Quartier St Michel - Bordeaux, 2017
23.6 x 49.2 x 0.2 inch


Antoine Guibert, Cork-Eire, Photography

Antoine Guibert

Cork-Eire, 2015
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Pep Ventosa, Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, Photography

Pep Ventosa

Rio de la Madoneta, Venice, 2018
36 x 24 x 1 inch


Dmitriy Konradt, St Petersburg, Photography

Dmitriy Konradt

St Petersburg, 2003
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Jean-Léonard Polo, Iron lady, Photography

Jean-Léonard Polo

Iron lady, 2018
29.5 x 49.2 inch


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

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, 2012
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Fabien Vieilletoile, Ascenseur Pédestre, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Ascenseur Pédestre, 2012
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch


Matt Jukes, Across the sands I, Photography

Matt Jukes

Across the sands I, 2020
33.1 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Hugo G. Urrutia, Crossing Bridges, Photography

Hugo G. Urrutia

Crossing Bridges, 2013
31.9 x 48 x 2 inch


Stéphane Navailles, Sortie bw Paris, Photography

Stéphane Navailles

Sortie bw Paris, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Jacinto Santamaria, The Illuminated House, Photography

Jacinto Santamaria

The Illuminated House, 2020
23.4 x 33.1 inch


Jessica Houston, The Left Hand Points Toward Home, Photography

Jessica Houston

The Left Hand Points Toward Home, 2015
22 x 33 inch


Jim Kazanjian, Untitled (Temple), Photography

Jim Kazanjian

Untitled (Temple), 2012
11 x 11 inch


Pedro Correa, Heaven Burning, Photography

Pedro Correa

Heaven Burning, 2014
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Lauric Gourbal, Distillerie, Photography

Lauric Gourbal

Distillerie, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 0 inch


Imagilaire, Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), Photography


Dcsq by BTNHMCRWL (Amsterdam), 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Michael Wallner, Borough Station 1, Photography

Michael Wallner

Borough Station 1, 2017
15 x 18.9 x 0.1 inch


Caramés Maite, American Style - Exit, Photography

Caramés Maite

American Style - Exit, 2010
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Our recommendations Georges Rousse, Dravert, Photography

Georges Rousse

Dravert, 2006
70.9 x 90.6 inch


Philippe Bréson, Paysage #167, Photography

Philippe Bréson

Paysage #167, 2014
10.6 x 10.6 inch


Edmund Sumner, Leaning Man, Photography

Edmund Sumner

Leaning Man, 2017
23.5 x 18.7 x 0 inch


Petros Chrisostomou, Forever, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Forever, 2008
13.8 x 10.6 inch


MK Semos + Hugo Garcia, Brooklyn Bridge III - Blue Skies, Photography

MK Semos + Hugo Garcia

Brooklyn Bridge III - Blue Skies, 2017
48 x 48 x 1.6 inch


Roman Koenig, Serie New World #3, Photography

Roman Koenig

Serie New World #3, 2016
35.4 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Pablo Guillamon, London City-1, Photography

Pablo Guillamon

London City-1, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


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