Award-winning architectural photographers Nick Hufton and Allan Crow, of Hufton + Crow, take a walk down memory lane, pondering the merits of speed, analogue photography, people and a seemingly unutilised university degree
Nick Hufton and Allan Crow are whom architects such as Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick often turn to for good 'portraits' of their new projects. In 2012, the duo's images of MAXXI — the Museum of XXI Century Arts, won them the World Architectural Photography Award, and in 2014, their interior shots of the Heydar Aliyev Center won Architectural Photograph of the Year at the World Architecture Festival, cementing Hufton + Crow's place in the annals of architectural photography.
Before venturing into the profession, Crow studied landscape architecture at university. Though he enjoyed the subject, he sensed it wasn't his calling. But he was drawn towards the urban landscape design elements within the course, and the idea of architectural photography came while working on his final assignment, which required him to produce a landscape masterplan of Ancoats, an industrial suburb just north of Manchester City Centre.
"We started by completing a photographic study of the area. It was during this time that I first picked up a camera and pointed towards buildings," says Crow, who believes that the ability to spot things quickly and react to situations is the key to being a good architectural photographer. "This may seem an odd thing to say when the subject is something that doesn't move, but unlike a studio where you can control the light and your environment, on location you may only have a few seconds of the perfect light or people being in the right place to translate the story of the building at its best, so acting fast is important."
This is an excerpt from the “Quick on the Trigger" article from the January/February 2016 issue of Perspective magazine.
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