Portraits of the New Architecture II

See how architectural photographer, Richard Schulman is capturing the faces behind the world’s most beautiful buildings

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Images by Richard Schulman

Unlike paintings and other forms of art that are produced directly from hand to canvas, architectural designs require an intermediate step: construction. And while we may be left awestruck by the sleek enormity of a skyscraper or the matchless ambiance of a building, we often forget the brilliant architect behind its conception.

In his newest book, Portraits of the New Architecture II, the talented architectural and portrait photographer, Richard Schulman brings architects back to the forefront. Not only does Schulman’s volume of photographs artfully capture the world’s leading architectural creations, but also their creators. As a result, Schulman personalizes our view of architecture and reestablishes the intimate connection between the architect and their designs. His striking collection of images includes sketches and designs from iconic architects and architectural firms like David Adjaye, Asymptote, Bjarke Ingles, and Annabelle Selldorf. With his photography featured in places like Vanity Fair, London Times, New York Times, and Paris Match, it’s clear that Schulman is changing the way the world sees and understands architecture. Here, the pioneering photographer shares his thoughts on some of his favorite photographs from Assouline’s Portraits of the New Architecture II: