Justine Sambrook looks at the best shots from a day exploring architectural photography…

Barbican, London, under construction, 1970

Image (enlarge): Barbican, London, under construction, 1970
Architect: Chamberlin Powell & Bon
Photographer: John Maltby
© John Maltby / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Image from RIBApix

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.


Photograph by Andy Day (kiell.com)

‘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:

Winning photograph by Ron Hewitt

Winning photograph by Ron Hewitt

Photograph by Tien Nguyen

Photograph by Tien Nguyen

By Carolina Alvarez

Winning photograph by Carolina Alvarez

Photograph: Christian Brailey

Photograph by Christian Brailey

Photograph by Ellen Gates

Photograph by Ellen Gates

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.

Justine Sambrook
Curator, Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, British Architectural Library, RIBA

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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