Kazuyo Sejima Ryue Nishizawa Sanaa1987-2005 Vol.1 / 2005-2015 Vol.2 / 2014-2021 Vol. 3
He started to experiment with a camera given to him by his grandmother when he was 12, was the very first recipient of the coveted Julius Shulman Award in 2010 and now, at the age of almost 50, Iwan Baan is one of the world’s most renowned architectural photographers. A label that, in particular, encapsulates his more accessible and human approach to architectural matters, recording the way individuals, communities and societies interact with the built environment. His shots are portraits of the context, the society and the atmosphere that gravitate around buildings. Architects such as Rem Koolhas, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Toyo Ito and Morphosis have turned to him to have their work inserted into a narrative context, not just a documentary one. Now Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Pritzker Prize 2010, and their studio Sanaa, set up in 1995, have gathered their opera omnia into a three-volume anthology, designed by them and with the photography entrusted to Baan.In strictly chronological order, the anthology covers more than 30 years of their work: from 1987 when, after studying at the Japan Women’s University and working with Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima set up her own studio, employing Nishizawa, then still a student. The three volumes feature buildings, city plans, interiors, furniture, miscellaneous goods and books, making up not just a precious collection of works and a catalogue raisonné, but also a veritable architectural project.