Parrish Art: Photographer Iwan Baan Discusses His Work, April 14




 Baan’s work is featured in the exhibition Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture

Iwan Baan, one of the most sought-after photographers today, will talk with William Menking, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper about how a photographer’s aesthetic choices and use of technology can imbue seemingly static buildings with feeling and meaning. Baan, whose work is in the current exhibition, Image Building:How Photography Transforms Architecture, is known for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. 

“I am thrilled to have Iwan Baan talk about his outstanding photography work in which he always creates a story about a building, its history, and the people who are using it,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.  

Much of Baan’s work portrays informal communities where vernacular architecture and placemaking become dramatic examples of human ingenuity. A poignant illustration of is his  series of photographs of the Torre David financial/residential complex in Caracas–images that won Baan the Golden Lion for Best Installation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Two photographs from the series, Torre David #1 and Torre David #2 are currently on view at the Parrish. In The City and the Storm, 2012, also on view, Baan used an extremely high resolution digital camera to depict a powerful moment: New York after Hurricane Sandy, showing much of the city in a blackout.

This is the second of four Inter-Sections programs planned in conjunction with Image Building. On Friday, April 20, architect Lee H. Skolnick, photographer Ralph Gibson, and guest curator Therese Lichtenstein will participate in a conversation in the exhibition gallery about movement, memory, and the peripheral vision in architectural photography.  On Friday, June 1, the Museum will screen the documentary Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future.


Iwan Baan

As the inaugural recipient of the Julius Shulman award for photography, Iwan Baan has been commissioned by architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, and Diller Scofidio & Renfro, to give their work a sense of place and narrative within their environments, and photographed the Parrish Art Museum’s new building in Water Mill. In addition to architecture commissions, Baan has collaborated on several successful book projects such as Insular Insight: Where Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communitiesand Brasilia & Chandigarh – Living With Modernity. Baan’s work has been published in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Domus, Abitare, and Architectural Digest. In December 2011, Baan was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell’Architettura.


William Menking

William Menking, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, is an architectural historian, writer, critic, and curator of architecture and urbanism. He is professor of architecture, urbanism, and city planning at Pratt Institute and has lectured and taught at schools in the United States and Europe. Menking  has been published in numerous architectural publications, anthologies, and museum catalogues; and has curated and organized international exhibitions on the visionary British architects Archigram, the Italian radical architects Superstudio, and contemporary English design, He served as Commissioner of the U.S. pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale and  has participated in various juries including the 2006 and 2008 New York City AIA New Practices, 2007 and 2008 San Francisco AIA Honor Awards, and the 2007 Lumen awards for lighting.



Programs in conjunction with Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture

TALK:  Iwan Baan and William Menking

Saturday, April 14, 5pm

TALK: Flattened Space, with Lee H. Skolnick, Ralph Gibson, and Therese Lichtenstein

Friday, April 20, 6 pm

FILM: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future.

Friday, June 1, 6pm 

Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder. 


Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Century Arts Foundation, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Joseph M. Cohen, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. Public Funding provided by Suffolk County. Special thanks to Sofia and Robert Spiess

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.



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