Conference: Iwan Baan – The Indiana Jones of architectural photography

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Conference: Iwan Baan – The Indiana Jones of architectural photography

Thriving amidst the citification of the planet.

Whether he is shooting the Beijing Olympic Stadium, the late Zaha Hadid’s poetic structures or the Makoko Floating School in Nigeria, the photos of Dutch master Iwan Baan are as much about the architecture’s impact on society as the lines of the buildings themselves. At CMDC 2017: MAGIC+LOGIC Iwan will be talking about the global migration out of rural areas and how people create communities within cities, drawing from his experiences with the world’s leading architects and planners on every continent.

Baan’s work appears on the pages of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Domus, Abitare and Architectural Digest. Among the many honours he has received, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture by Il Magazine dell’Architettura and won the Golden Lion for Best Installation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. His cover for New York Magazine showing Manhattan from the air just after Hurricane Sandy – half aglow and half dark – was chosen the “Cover of the Year” by the American Society of Magazine Editors and became an instant icon of the event.



More about Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan site
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.

»» Iwan Baan site

The iconic award winning New York Magazine cover

From New York Magazine: Fortunately, Baan was in town last week and had prepared for the storm. “Before the hurricane hit, I had already decided that it could be very difficult to get out of the city,” Baan explained. “I was in Tokyo last year during the tsunami and the earthquake and experienced the moment of panic breaks out in a big city. So as a precaution I had already booked a rental car for the day after, just in case.”

But when he got to Hertz in Manhattan, they had run out of vehicles.

»» Read the whole story behind the photograph at New York Magazine


Architecture without architects

In a movie Dezeen filmed at his Golden Lion-winning installation in collaboration with Justin McGuirk and Urban-Think Tank at the Venice Architecture Biennale, architectural photographer Iwan Baan talks about how residents have built their own homes between the columns and floor plates of the unfinished Torre David skyscraper in Caracas.


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