Abstract Art Through Architectural Photography

I know, I know – there are so many ‘best of architectural photography’ articles out there. But searching the web for inspiring pieces, it seemed to me that most of the photographs are centered on classically beautiful or unique architecture, rather than celebrating the art of photography. So here it is a collection of perfectly balanced compositions and contrasts of volumes and materials, expressions of abstract art, sculptural architecture and graphic perspectives.

“What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.”

Actelion, Basel, Switzerland by Pygmalion Karatzas

© Pygmalion Karatzas

Karatzas is a Greece-based architect and photographer. The clean, sharp edges of the Actelion building contrast in a dynamic juxtaposition, turning an ordinary scene into a visual story. Through his photography, the author seeks to express a relationship to the buildings that surrounds us daily.

Hamburger Welle, Hamburg, Germany by Bildwerker Freiburg (Marc Kirner)

© Bildwerker Freiburg (Marc Kirner)

Marc Kirner is an urban and architectural photographer, based in Germany. His fine art showcases a unique style of highly contrasted monochrome, long exposure of buildings setback against a soft sky. What draws me towards his photography is the challenging of the forms in search of a graphic perspective.

Niemeyer Center, Aviles, Spain by Danica Ocvirk Kus

© Danica Ocvirk Kus

In this art piece, the photographer Danica Kus captures the simplicity and elegance of Niemeyer’s architecture. More than the relation of the natural elements with the built environment, the beauty of the photograph lies in the modest simplicity through which the viewer’s eye is lead into the frame.

Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland by Samuel Zeller

© Samuel Zeller

Samuel Zeller is a young Swiss freelancing photographer. What he tried and so beautifully achieved through this photograph by stepping closely into the subject is to capture a moment of tranquillity in the daily rush.

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Joel Tjintjelaar

© Joel Tjintjelaar

Joel Tjintjelaar is an award winning B&W fine-art photographer from the Netherlands. His photography does not intend to express reality, but rather a mood, a genius loci or simple beauty, according to his inner vision. The removal of colour brings the essence of objects, situations, sceneries and people in the foreground.

‘Oculus’, Berlin, Germany by Tim Cornbill

© Tim Cornbill

Sometimes architectural photography can also be about capturing the right moment. ‘Oculus’ by Tim Cornbill it’s a beautiful example that “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” (Ansel Adams). It’s no surprise that it won the 1st place for the open category in the Architecture 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

‘Illusion’, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain by Jay Mantri

© Jay Mantri

Jay Mantri shows a beautiful understanding of composition in this abstract art piece showcasing one of Frank Gehry’s most famous designs. As most of the photographs in this collection, it might lack the human presence for a deeper understanding of the sense of scale, but who am I to argue with Ansel Adams?!

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”

Media Harbour, Dusseldorf, Germany by Matthias Haker

© Matthias Haker

Matthias Haker is a German freelance photographer and artist, celebrated for the beautiful compositions, long exposures and high contrasts. I can’t define what attracts me to this particular piece, but it was love at first sight and since then stayed one of my favourite architectural photographs.

‘Like A Harps Strings I Overture’, Katehaki Pedestrian Bridge, Athens, Greece by Julia Anna Gospodarou

© Julia Anna Gospodarou

Julia Anna Gospodarou is an architect and art photographer; awarded the architecture photographer of the year 2016. On describing what this photograph evokes, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said it best – “Architecture is frozen music.”