Disruption Index: Iwan Baan – Next City

“…A serial globe-trotter who charters helicopters like most people make dinner reservations, Baan has become the most notable architecture photographer in recent years for his style of capturing not only buildings but also their urban context. It’s a more humanizing approach to a field that had previously been steeped in glamour shots. This eye for the connection between people buildings and cities is what makes Baan’s work stand out. It’s why he was able to encompass Sandy’s wrath so simply and elegantly…”

Read the complete article in Next City…


The City and the Storm poster at MoMA

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Iwan Baan chartered the sole helicopter to take off that night and shot this cover of New York without power.
We are thrilled that the MoMA decided to make the now iconic image into a large-scale poster, measuring 42 inches high by 30 inches wide. All proceeds of the poster will be donated to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

“Iwan Baan’s powerful and now iconic image bought to life one of the many devastating effects our City experienced in the aftermath Hurricane Sandy,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We are grateful to the Museum of Modern Art for their solidarity and support of the many New Yorkers whose lives have been turned upside down by this storm. Their generous contribution to the Mayor’s Fund will go a long way towards helping our recovery.” 

You can order the poster here online at the MoMA Store and at any MoMA store worldwide.

LA Times: Iwan Baan to sell photographic work to benefit Sandy relief
ARTINFO: Iconic Hurricane Sandy Photo to MoMA
Architectural Record: MoMA Sells Iwan Baan Photo for Sandy Relief

TIME Picks the Top Photographic Magazine Covers of 2012The most notable is New York Magazine’s magnificent cover by photographer Iwan Baan of a half blacked-out Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. It’s instantly iconic and will become one of the greatest covers of all time.

Our new book Torre David – Informal Vertical Communities is out!

Edited by Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich – Photographs by Iwan Baan

Torre David, a 45-story skyscraper in Caracas, has remained uncompleted since the Venezuelan economy collapsed in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home to more than 750 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous squat, that some have called a ‘vertical slum.’
Urban-Think Tank, the authors of Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, spent a year studying the physical and social organization of this ruin-become home. Richly illustrated with photographs by Iwan Baan, the book documents the residents’ occupation of the tower and how, in the absence of formal infrastructure, they organize themselves to provide for daily needs, with a hair salon, a gym, grocery shops, and more. The authors of this thought-provoking work investigate informal vertical communities and the architecture that supports them and issue a call for action: to see in informal settlements a potential for innovation and experimentation, with the goal of putting design in service to a more equitable and sustainable future.

Order it here at Lars Muller Publishers, at your local bookseller or at

Financial Times: Best books of 2012
Photo-eye Magazine: The best books of 2012
Allison Arieff’s Notable Books of 2012

A Cover for the Ages – TIME Lightbox

Last week, during one of the worst storms in the city’s history, the staff at New York Magazine was relocated from their downtown offices, which had lost power, to a temporary office in midtown to produce its issue. At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, editor-in-chief Adam Moss called an emergency meeting to start brainstorming ideas to fill out a lineup for an issue that would go to press on Friday.

Read the complete article on TIME Lightbox…

Photographer Iwan Baan on How He Shot That Haunting Half-Dark New York City Photo from the Sky – Inhabitat

“I knew I wanted to capture these two cities – one, a vibrant and pulsating Manhattan that we recognize so vividly, and its antonym – a life-less city turned pitch-black and ominous,” writes photographer Iwan Baan about the Hurricane Sandy aftermath photo that everyone has been talking about. The almost unbelievable image appeared on the cover of the latest edition of New York Magazine with a small overlay reading “The City and the Storm” and captivated the nation with its unique vantage point of a half-dark city. As you can imagine, though, it was no easy feat to capture this once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) shot. Read on to see what Mr. Baan wrote to us about what he had to go through to get this picture worth a million words.

Read the complete photo essay on Inhabitat