Justine Sambrook looks at the best shots from a day exploring architectural photography…
In October, a hardy bunch of photography enthusiasts braved the high winds and storm threats to venture into the Barbican estate to learn about architectural photography.
‘Run, Jump, Shoot’ began with a look at the history of architectural photography using items from the RIBA’s exceptional Robert Elwall Photographs Collection. Participants had the opportunity for a closer look at some prints from the very dawn of photography in the mid-19th century before moving on to examine some iconic images from some of the 20th century’s most adept chroniclers of British architecture. Andy Day then led a session looking at what makes a successful photograph as well as looking into the fascinating relationship of people and architecture in photography.
We set off to the Barbican where Andy was on hand for technical advice and tips on how to get the best results from a rather gloomy day. The results were impressive, with many people taking on Andy’s pointers to look for contrasting textures and frames within frames. It was tough, as always, for us to pick our two winners who will each receive a print of their choice from either RIBApix or kiell.com. We have picked Ron Hewitt, a repeat participant whose work also impressed us at Alexandra Road, and Carolina Alvarez.
Participants’ photographs of the Barbican:
If you’re feeling inspired and you’d like to try your hand at some architectural photography then why not come along to one of our photography workshops next year? Further details will be announced soon in What’s On.
Curator, Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, British Architectural Library, RIBA