The Power of Photography: How Images Continue to Shape the Built Environment – ArchDaily

In our current era, one of the most widely recognized photographs of this decade is certainly Iwan Baan’s image of Lower Manhattan flooded and in darkness in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In the photograph, taken from a helicopter over the New York Bay, the city grid north of 39th street glows as normal, while Downtown is a black void, except for the World Trade Center site and parts of Battery Park City, lit with an auxiliary generator.

Baan’s image of Lower Manhattan, while not singular in shaping the discussions of a more storm-ready city, has certainly been used as an icon for resiliency measures that will make New York better prepared in the future.

Read the complete article in ArchDaily.

Iwan Baan: Architecture photos that put people in focus – BBC interview

Iwan Baan is an architectural photographer but his buildings are as concerned with people as they are with buildings. He talks to Jonathan Glancey from the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Chicago from Above – Stunning aerial images show the city in a new way.

In the world of architectural photography, the biggest star is Iwan Baan. Routinely tapped to shoot buildings designed by such top architects as Toyo Ito and Chicago’s own Jeanne Gang, Baan has earned particular renown for his evocative aerial images, typically taken with a simple 35 mm camera as he leans out of a helicopter (door open!) thousands of feet up. “I’m interested in stepping away and showing the buildings in a larger context,” says Baan, 40, who hails from the Netherlands but is now more or less a nomad, constantly traveling for his work. “With the high-altitude shot, you start to see the city as a fabric.”

Read the complete interview with Iwan Baan in Chicago Mag.

Makoko Floating School, beacon of hope for the Lagos ‘waterworld’ – The Guardian

When Jessica Collins and photographer Iwan Baan visited Lagos in 2013 to document a radical new school, the Makoko slum was facing demolition. Now the building’s global recognition is helping to give the community fresh hope.

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Le mystère Iwan Baan – Le courrier de l’architecte

En voilà une Success Story ! Iwan Baan est souvent considéré comme la «rock star de la photographie d’architecture». Son nom, pour un francophone, ne laisse rien présager ni de son sexe, ni de son âge, ni de son origine. Une Coréenne ? Non, un Néerlandais ! Peut-être, est-il, à 40 ans, davantage citoyen du monde. Il avoue ne pas être rentré chez lui depuis plusieurs années et passer 365 jours par an à l’hôtel.

Read the complete article in Le courrier de l’architecte

Rowan Moore’s top 10 exhibitions of 2014

Constructing Worlds is a great way to understand something about architecture unfiltered by the usual categories of good and bad. Each one of the photographers is worth attention, but here are some of my favourites: those parking lots, shot from above by the artist Ed Ruscha; Iwan Baan’s images of modern Caracas; Nadav Kander’s vast and melancholy Chinese infrastructure; and Julius Shulman’s posed compositions of glamorous modern houses in mid-century California.

Read the complete article in The Guardian…

Iwan Baan: Going Up – NOWNESS

Curator Elias Redstone on the feted architectural photographer.

“Taking [in a city from great] distances brings you closer to understanding a place,” explains photographer Iwan Baan in a recent video titled “Going Up” on NOWNESS.

It’s impossible to talk about architectural photography today without mentioning Iwan Baan. Although he only started working with architecture in 2005, Baan quickly established himself through his images of the Rem Koolhaas-designed CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, and today is the go-to photographer for the world’s leading master builders.

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See the complete film on NOWNESS.