Presented by: John Surridge
Monday, February 26, 2018
1st half of Print #4
John Surridge acquired his first SLR in 1963 while at the McGill School of Architecture. He has been photographing for work and pleasure ever since. He joined the Montreal Camera Club in 2000-2001 and has held many different club positions including serving two years as president. He retired from architectural practice in 2013 after 31 years running his own office.
"Architectural Photography" can be defined, in a strict sense, as the depiction of a building, a structure or an interior, in images that are both pleasing and accurate representations of the subject. But more than that, photographs of buildings and structures can embody a real representation of the cultural and design context of their time and making.
The progression of "Architectural Photography" is intimately linked to the history of photography starting with Nicéphore Niépce's "View from the Window at Le Gras" (1826) and William Henry Fox-Talbot’s first photographs of the "Latticed-Windows at Laycock Abbey" (1835) through to Ezra Stoller’s photos from 1958 of the Seagram Building in New York, to today’s use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs. Photography and architecture have both evolved over the last 200 years.
This talk will provide a general recap of Architectural Photography and its development in intent and creative approach with visual examples. It will touch on the equipment, techniques and got’chas of the photography of buildings and interiors with a brief review of personal images and outline some of the uses of photography, both analogue and digital, in architectural design development, construction documentation and project management.