Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Baan's photographs have certainly informed my views on contemporary architecture. He is passionate about his work and he doesn't seem to ever stop working. He's truly a Julius Shulman of his day. It was my pleasure to speak to him on the occasion of his first major art exhibition at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Malaika Byng
Published: 20 Feb 2013, Wallpaper*

'Torre De David in Caracas, Venezuela', Confinanzas, 1964. Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles © Iwan Baan
Leaf through the pages of any architecture magazine and chances are you'll come across a photograph by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan. After just eight years in practice, Baan has set himself apart by adding a human element to the architectural works of such heavyweights as OMA, SANAA, Zaha Hadid, among others.

Fresh from winning a Golden Lion at the Venice Architectural Biennale alongside collaborators Urban Think Tank and Justin McGuirk for his documentation of Torre David, an abandoned skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela colonised by locals, Baan makes the jump to fine art photography with 'The Way We Live' opening at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles.

The two-month exhibition looks back at Baan's practice with large-scale prints of selected works throughout his career. At the forefront is 'The City and the Storm,' his powerful image of Manhattan in the throes of Hurricane Sandy. Printed in a limited edition of 10, 'The City and The Storm' will be sold for $100,000 each to benefit the Mayor's Fund To Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Wallpaper* caught up to Baan in anticipation of his exhibition… [read more]


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