Every metropolis and town is built from the ground up from I-beam structures in bridges spanning bays, lakes and rivers or urban skyscrapers soaring into the sky; to roads and highways and railroads stretching across the landscape; and mills, factories and industrial facilities. How does a photographer turn metal, glass, brick and stone structures into dramatic and eye-catching images? It’s not easy.
Architectural and industrial photographers view bridges, buildings, and industries from the right angle. They use light and knowledge of the subject and structure to produce photographic work that is timeless, textural and elegant. An earlier post of mine, Architectural Photography, featured information and images on modern architectural photography and the work of Brad Feinknopf and Julius Shulman.
In this post, I go back further in time featuring the images of earlier American architectural and industrial photographers. I narrowed it down to feature these photographers and their amazing skills in light, tones, depth, dimension and angles to turn building and structures into art. Click on the links for each photographer, on their names, for in-depth information about their lives or photography.
Bourke-White was known for her documentary and foreign work, but was also a noted industrial photographer.
Collier was a visual anthropologist and photographer that used his camera to document architecture, industry and American culture.
Ebetts was unafraid of heights that proved to be a beneficial trait during his photographing the iconic image of Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper.
Lincoln was a skilled architectural and street photography that traveled the world and shared it through his photography.
de Salignac worked for New York City’s Department of Bridges, Plants and Structures from 1906 to 1934 documenting the creation of the metropolis through his photography.
Sheeler was an artist, photographer noted for his precision producing photographs that almost looked like paintings.
Here are my photographs, while practicing, inspired by the skillful artistry of the talented photographers listed above. No, I didn’t climb any steel girders or perch atop bridges to take the photographs.
What buildings or structures do you like to photograph? What type of photography or photographer is your favorite?