Panel Discussion: The Architect & The Image-maker

Mark together with John McElgunn, Partner from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were delighted to be included in last nights panel discussion "The Architect and the Image-maker" at the Werkstatt Gallery in London.

Chaired by Catherine Slessor the panel also included Natalie Spraggon, Associate of Buckley Grey Yeoman and Photographer and Film maker Lewis Khan and together they explored ways in which photography and film can transform, interpret, or re-imagine the narrative of architecture.

The debate explored how Architecture can be documented, but can also tell stories and how architects and image makers have a special dialogue when discussing their artistic approach to capturing projects on film.

Mark and John’s presentation highlighted that although many see the life of a building starting when the building is completed, the architect sees the building come to life at a much earlier stage. To the architect, the role of image-maker isn't solely someone who captures the image of a completed building or captures how a building is used, it also includes those who capture the building though its construction phase, who help document the buildings development from drawn ideas into a piece of architecture. This is rarely documented by any one image-maker, but numerous image-makers, including photographers, model-makers, film makers and the architects themselves. Undoubtedly, a single image can tell a narrative about a building, but a mosaic of images taken throughout the true life of a project will always present a much richer understand about its architecture.

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