Talk: Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation / Image Building

Iwan Baan, photo @ Jonas Eriksson

Iwan Baan, one of the most sought-after photographer today, will talk with William Menking, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper about how a photographer’s aesthetic choices and use of technology can imbue seemingly static buildings with feeling and meaning. Baan, whose work is in the current exhibition, Image Buildingis known for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. 

With his combined passion for documentary and space, Baan’s photographs reveal our innate ability to re-appropriate our available objects and materials, in order to find a place we can call our own. Examples of this can be seen in his work on informal communities where vernacular architecture and placemaking serve as examples of human ingenuity, such as his images of the Torre David in Caracas–a series that won Baan the Golden Lion for Best Installation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

With no formal training in architecture, his perspective mirrors the questions and perspectives of the everyday individuals who give meaning and context to the architecture and spaces that surround us, and this artistic approach has given matters of architecture an approachable and accessible voice.

As the inaugural recipient of the Julius Shulman award for photography, today, architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Toyo Ito, SANAA and Morphosis turn to Baan to give their work a sense of place and narrative within their environments. Alongside his architecture commissions, Baan has collaborated on several successful book projects such as Insular Insight: Where Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities and Brasilia & Chandigarh – Living With Modernity. Baan’s work also appears on the pages of architecture, design and lifestyle publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Domus, Abitare and Architectural Digest.

In December 2011, Baan was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell’Architettura on the occasion of their 100th issue. 


Saturday, March 17, 5:30 pm 

Opening Program for Members and Invited Guests

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Friday, April 6, 6 pm

Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation

Talk with James Casebere on Constructed Photography

Friday, April 20, 6 pm 

Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation

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Talk: Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation, with Iwan Baan and William Menking
In conjunction with Image Building
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 5:00pm
ticket group
Free with museum admission
social tickets