Photography In Architecture

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From the beginnings of photography, architecture and photography both were tightly intertwined. The first surviving view of an architectural subject is Niepce’s ‘the view from the window of 1827. It shows the view across the rooftops of his property at the estate of Le Grass, near Chalon-sur-Saone. (Gersheim, 1965)

It is recorded that the exposure took about eight hours. It means that he had to be sure that the chosen object was not to move.65 Similar to that of Niepce, the earliest surviving photograph by Talbot was an architectural subject, Latticed Window which was the image of a window taken in the summer of 1835 as Britain’s first architectural photograph.

Photography became widely used immediately after the public announcement of Daguerre’s
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Moreover, the evolution of architecture into an organized profession created a demand for photography.

Elevation and the Perspective

Despite the fact that architectural styles showed great diversity until today, conventions of architectural drawing did not change. The plan, the elevation, the transverse section, and the perspective constituted the basic vocabulary of the architectural image.

To explain this point, two drawings, one elevation and one perspective drawing, both showing the same building and executed by the same person can be given. The engraving showing the elevation of the design for the proposed Sussex Memorial was a two dimensional representation of an isolated façade depicted from a strictly frontal point of view.

On the other hand, the perspective view of the same façade depicted by the technique creating three dimensional illusion, placed the building diagonally in space and emphasized depth and texture of the surfaces by using directional lighting. While the perspective drawing included contextual indicators and foreground elements conveying the actual experience of seeing, the elevation drawing deliberately avoided from indicators of context and aimed a diagrammatic representation communicating the essential data of the façade with accurate proportions. (Catalogues of

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