Mark Gorton is a practicing architect and photographer and is an associate at Lord Richard Rogers' Pritzker Prize winning internationally acclaimed
architecture practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in London, UK. His passion for both architecture and photography gives his photographic work a unique approach rarely found in architectural photography in both practical and conceptual terms. Practically, Mark’s role as an architect within the design team on cutting edge international projects for some 15+ years has given him unparalleled access to sites as well as finished buildings where he has been able to hone his craft by photo documenting the entire construction process from inception to completion. And conceptually, unlike other architectural photographers Mark’s intimate involvement in the architectural design process has endowed him with a deep spatial understanding that is further enhanced by a rich depth of insight into the intuitive manipulation of light, form, colour and composition.
Being able to understand the intricacies of an architecture brief and conceptual response allow Mark the unique ability to use the lens to translate an architectural narrative into a photographic form. In so doing he is able to capture the architect’s original concept with an empathy and precision that is rarely understood by other photographers in the industry.
In 2015, Mark was nominated for the Arcaid World Architectural Photographer of the Year 2015 after being shortlisted in the 2015 Arcaid Interior Category with his abstract image of The Leadenhall Building in London. Arcaid Images is the leading global image, stock photography resource for all aspects of architecture, interiors and design. The shortlisted works were exhibited at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore in November 2015.
Having worked on the design and delivery of numerous high profile projects including The Leadenhall Building in The City of London, BBVA Bancomer Tower in Mexico City and currently spearheading the structural steelwork design for a new pier at Geneva Airport, Mark is able to approach architectural photography from a unique first hand perspective. Having this architectural experience and understanding of the architect, architectural design and construction, Mark is able to convey in a beautiful way not just a 2 dimensional image of architecture but the journey and narrative of the design process.
Since joining RSHP some 7 years ago and working with award winning architects Patel Taylor for 6 years prior, Mark has been directly involved in projects of architecture, urbanism and masterplanning, including residential, office, healthcare, infrastructure transportation and culture.
Having first been introduced to photography at a young age Mark has been capturing images most of his life, some of which can be seen in the various sections of the website. Mark's photojournalistic style was first nurtured when gaining experience at The Evening Telegraph Newspaper and further developed when studying advanced architectural photography under American photographer John Stamets at the University of Washington whilst on exchange from the University of Liverpool School of Architecture in England. It was during this time that Mark cemented his combined passion for both subjects.