Hélène Binet

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Not to be confused with French Paralympics swimmer, Helene Binet.
Hélène Binet
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Hélène Binet with architect John Hejduk (right) in Prague, 1991
Born 1959 (age 56–57)
Sorengo, Switzerland
Residence London
Occupation architectural photographer
Website www.helenebinet.com

Hélène Binet (born 1959) is a Swiss-French architectural photographer based in London, who is also one of the leading architectural photographers in the world.[1][2] She is most known for her work with architects Daniel Libeskind, Peter Zumthor and Zaha Hadid, and has published books on works of several architects.[3]


Museum of World Culture, photographed by Binet.

Binet was born in 1959 in Sorengo, Switzerland to Swiss and French parents.[4] She studied photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, where she grew up.[2] She worked as a photographer at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, an opera house in Geneva, Switzerland, where she photographed various performances for two years, before turning to architectural photography,[3] encouraged by architect, Daniel Libeskind, who believed, " she exposes architecture’s achievements, strength, pathos and fragility." [2]

Hélène Binet is an advocate of analogue photography and therefore she exclusively works with film.[5]

She has worked with Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, David Chipperfield, Tony Fretton, Zaha Hadid, Zvi Hecker, John Hejduk, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Cook Sauerbruch Hutton, Peter Zumthor, Josef Paul Kleihues and many others, besides publishing books on buildings by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Sigurd Lewerentz, and Dimitris Pikionis .[3][6]

Hélène Binet was awarded the Redaksjonell Fotografi from Visuelt, 1997, Wissenschaft fur Leben Scholarship, 2004 from the Olympus Europa Stiftung, Forum AID Award 2006, and Honorary Fellowship of Royal Institute of British Architects, 2008 [3] Most recently she was honored with the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award in 2015. Past recipients include Grant Mudford (2014), Catherine Opie (2013), Pedro E. Guerrero (2012), Richard Barnes (2011) and Iwan Baan (2010).

Since 2009 Hélène Binet is represented by ammann//gallery.[7] Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions and the most important art and design fairs around the world.

Since 2014 and 2015 the photographs of Hélène Binet are also part of the modern and contemporary art collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York [8] and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Binet had a house on Osea Island in the River Blackwater Estuary in Essex.[citation needed] She is married to Raoul Bunschoten, and the couple lives in London with their two children, Izaak and Saskia Ada. Saskia studies Music at Girton College Cambridge.[3][4]


  • The Inns of Court. with Jill Allibone, David Evans. Black Dog Publishing Limited, 1996. ISBN 0952177315.
  • Helene Binet: Seven Projects, with Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Mark Rappolt, Shine Gallery. Guiding Light, 2002. ISBN 0953845133.
  • Photographs. Phaidon Inc. Ltd, 2009. ISBN 0714849421.
  • Helene Binet: Composing Space: The Photographs of Helene Binet. Phaidon Press, 2012. ISBN 0714861197.
For architects

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (15 April 2002). "The dream life of buildings". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2011. ..Hélène Binet is one of the world's finest architectural photographers.. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ten questions for photographer Hélène Binet". Phaidon. December 6, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2013. ..one of the world’s leading architectural photographers. .. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "RIBA Honorary Fellowships 2008: Hélène Binet". 
  4. ^ a b "About Helene". Website. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  5. ^ http://www.helenebinet.com/about.html
  6. ^ James Cartwright (15 January 2013). "Hélène Binet is a master at capturing the world's most beautiful buildings". Its Nice That. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://ammann-gallery.com/artist/helene-binet/
  8. ^ http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/47230?=undefined&page=1
  9. ^ http://www.cmoa.org/CollectionDetail.aspx?item=108789&retPrompt=Back+to+Results&retUrl=CollectionSearch.aspx%3fsrch%3dBinet%252c%2bH%25c3%25a9l%25c3%25a8ne

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