Alan Rapp on architectural photographer Tim Griffith

 2009 09 One
Over at the Artificial Infinite, old-school bOING bOING pal Alan Rapp posted a critical essay about the state of architectural photography. The provocative essay is accompanied by absolutely incredible images by Tim Griffith, an architectural photographer who I wasn't familiar with. His hazy, atmospheric images of our strange built environments are sure to turn up in my dreams. From Alan's essay:

…The current practice of architectural photography has in many ways evolved more toward art. Fairly conceptual photographers such as Iwan Baan and Frank van der Salm are regularly tapped by the titans of the architecture industry–OMA, Herzog & De Meuron–to create photographs of their projects that seem to violate most of Molitor's tenets.

A brief exploration of the work of Tim Griffith provides further example of this new "artistic" approach to architectural imaging and the shifting state of architectural photography. Giffith's work, recently included in the Ballarat International Foto Bienniale, depicts some of the most prominent architectural projects of our age. Australian-born and US-based, Griffith explores the parallels and tensions inherent in this yoking of architecture and photography; his work is formed by professional rigor yet inflected toward art, hypertechnological in subject and approach, yet suggestive of an already fading moment.

"Architectural Photography is Art Photography"