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Shooting Space

Architecture in Contemporary Photography

A collection of the best contemporary photography of architecture and the built environment

Elias Redstone


Price: USD$79.95

Shooting Space not only provides a quick and engaging display of beautiful photography but more careful examination rewards you with a timely survey of our built environment.

Photography has always played a vital role in how architecture is communicated. For most of us, it is how we experience the most exceptional, arresting, unreachable, beautiful or ephemeral works we cannot visit in person. With immediate distribution and consumption of imagery now so readily available, photography and architecture together are more important than ever before.

Single photographers are increasingly working closely and even exclusively with particular architects, allying their work with the design process itself. Some photographers are using new technologies to create visions of new architectures and imagined futures and others seek change through journalistic and social documentation.

Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography covers a diverse range of subjects and themes across the built environment. Presenting the work of leading contemporary architects (from Koolhass to Hadid), intense urbanisation and evolving natural landscapes by international photographers as diverse as Hélène Binet, Thomas Struth and Richard Wentworth.


Format: Hardback
Size: 250 x 290 mm (9 7/8 x 11 3/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 200 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714867427


"Artists who elevate the image itself, as compositional work, beyond photography as a means of conveying architectural reality." —Details (Germany)

"The pictures reveal the inherent tensions between the natural world and constructed spaces and serve as a provocative look at modern life." —Elle Decor

"The 200 stunning images range from the work of star architecture photographers like Iwan Baan to artists like Annie Leibovitz. It’s a look at not just the clean lines and perfectly captured light that are so familiar to the practice of photographing, but also the more complex photographic art interrogating the built environment." —Co.Design

"You’ll never look at architecture the same way again." —The Guardian

"A beautiful window on growing urbanization, man-made alterations to the natural landscape, rediscovered modernist icons and imagined worlds." —Christie’s magazine

"Shooting Space is a long overdue collection of work by artists who interpret the built environment through photography. It is particularly provocative where it begins to blur the distinction between the hired architectural photographer charged with documenting a building, and the work of artists who take architecture as their subject matter. Many selections suggest a slippery line between the two as architectural photographers increasingly produce personal and complex interpretations of their subject matter and artists continue to see the built environment as a subject that can reveal certain truths about human experience." —Emily Bills, Director of Julius Shulman Institute

"A collection of images as diverse as it is beautiful." —Sunday Telegraph

Elias Redstone is an independent architecture curator and writer based in Paris and London. He holds an MSc in City Design & Social Science from the London School of Economics and specializes in contemporary architecture and architectural photography through curatorial practice, research, publishing and consulting. Elias is the Editor-in-Chief of the London Architecture Diary and has worked with The New York Times, Arena Homme Plus and GQ Style. He received a D&AD Global Design Award in 2006 and a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2008. Elias exhibited in the British Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and curated Poland’s national pavilion at the Biennale in 2010. He was previously a curator at the London Festival of Architecture and the Senior Curator at The Architecture Foundation. He curated the exhibition 'Lesser Known Architecture' at the Design Museum in 2013 and the exhibition 'Archizines', which has toured to over 25 locations.


Contents and Sections:

Introduction Elias Redstone
Two-Way Street Kate Bush

  • Annie Leibovitz
  • Hélène Binet
  • Michael Wesely
  • Iwan Baan
  • Walter Niedermayr
  • Paolo Rosselli
  • Andrea Bosio
  • Michele Nastasi
  • Mathieu Pernot
  • Catherine Opie
  • Michael Wolf
  • Thomas Struth
  • Olivo Barbieri
  • Nuno Cera
  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Richard Wentworth
  • Sze Tsung Leong
  • Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre
  • Andreas Gursky
  • Nadav Kander
  • Armin Linke
  • Center for Land Use Interpretation
  • Bas Princen
  • Edward Burtynsky
  • Peter Bialobrzeski
  • Christoph Morlinghaus
  • Nils Norman
  • Eric Tabuchi
  • Richard Ross

    • Theo Simpson
    • Hiroshi Sugimoto
    • James Welling
    • Frédéric Chaubin
    • Lake Verea
    • Alex Hartley
    • Luisa Lambri
    • Todd Eberle
    • Geert Goiris
    • Cyprien Gaillard
    • Thomas Ruff
    • Josef Schulz
    • Filip Dujardin
    • Nicolas Grospierre
    • Philipp Schaerer
    • Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber
    • Thomas Weinberger
    • Idris Kahn
    • Sohei Nishino
    • Dionisio Gonzales
    • Jose Dávila
    Comig of Age Pedro Gadanho

    Biographical Index


    Composing Space
    Understanding Architecture
    20th-Century World Architecture
    Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors


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