Iwan Baan

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Iwan Baan
Iwan at Rock Garden.JPG
Iwan Baan in Chandigarh
Born (1975-02-08) February 8, 1975 (age 42)
Alkmaar, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Known for Photography
Website www.iwan.com

Iwan Baan (born February 8, 1975 in Alkmaar)[1] is a Dutch photographer. He has challenged a long-standing tradition of depicting buildings as isolated and static by representing people in architecture and showing the building's environment,[2] trying "to produce more of a story or a feel for a project"[3] and "to communicate how people use the space".[4] He has photographed buildings by many of the world's most prominent architects, including Rem Koolhaas[5] and Toyo Ito.[2] He is "one of the most widely published" photographers in the world.[6][7] His candid "polysemic shots"[8] have been compared to the work of Diane Arbus.[9]

In 2010, he won the first annual Julius Shulman Photography Award, named after the most famous architectural photographer of the 20th century.[10] At the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale he received the Golden Lion for Best Installation. In 2012, he took the image of Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy that made the cover of New York City magazine—showing light above 42nd St. and darkness below that line—illustrating vividly the storm's disparate impact. It was later turned into a limited edition print sold to benefit Sandy's victims. In April 2016, Iwan Baan will receive the AIA New York's Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award.

Published books[edit]

Published videos[edit]


  • Iwan Baan: 52 Weeks, 52 Cities, Exhibited in Montpellier (2016) Copenhagen (2015), Hamburg (2015), Herford (2013)
  • Iwan Baan: The Way We Live, 2013, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles[14]
  • Iwan Baan, 2010 autour du monde, journal d'une année d'architecture, 2011, Hyères[15][16][17][18]
  • Iwan Baan - Recent Works - Contemporary Architectural Photographs, 2008, London[19][20]
  • Building China Five Projects / Five Stories, 2008, New York[21]


  1. ^ Iwan-Baan Encyclopædia Britannica
  2. ^ a b Chessa, Milena (March 10, 2011). "La " planète-architecture " photographiée par Iwan Baan". Le Moniteur (in French). Retrieved November 11, 2011. Son travail est caractérisé par la représentation des gens dans l'architecture, le contexte, la société et l'environnement autour de l'édifice. 
  3. ^ "Iwan Baan". Icon Magazine. January 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ Wing, Sherin (July 14, 2011). "The Indicator: Iwan Baan…On Photography". Archdaily. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Fève, Anne-Marie (February 18, 2011). "Vol au dessus de la planète archi". Libération (in French). Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. (January 22, 2010). "Structural Integrity and People, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ Ciuffi, Valentina. "Iwan Baan in mostra a Villa Noailles". Corriere della Sera/Abitare (in Italian). Le sue foto sono quelle che con maggior successo raccolgono i migliori slanci dell’architetuttura di questi anni. Super-informato su quel che accade sulla scena, Iwan Baan è spesso il primo a raccontare i progetti degli architetti più noti, e anche quando così non è, le sue prospettive inedite sui progetti vincono sul maggior tempismo di altri 
  8. ^ Pierce, C. (December 208). "Three's a crowd: Drawing, building and photography in the recent work of diller scofidio + renfro". ARQ. 12: 232–248. doi:10.1017/S1359135508001164.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Meet Iwan Baan, Today's Leading Architectural Photographer
  10. ^ Wing, Sherin (July 14, 2011). "The Indicator: Iwan Baan…On Photography". ArchDaily. Platforma Networks. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ DAM Architectural Book Award 2011
  12. ^ Horton, Guy (June 26, 2011). "Time Lapse". Architectural Newspaper. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ Henry, Christopher (April 18, 2011). "Living with Modernity: Brasilia—Chandigarh / Iwan Baan". Archdaily. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ Hodge, Brooke (February 19, 2013). "Iwan Baan's Inclusive Eye". The New York Times. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Exposition "Iwan Baan, 2010 autour du monde, journal d'une année d'architecture"". La Chronique de Sophie Joubert (in French). February 22, 2011. France Culture. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Des architectures et des gens". Le journal des arts (in French). March 4, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Sous la pierre d'Iwan Baan, il y a toujours un coeur qui bat". Nice Matin (in French). March 6, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ Dee, Roslyn (January 23, 2011). "It's the Guggy for me". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  19. ^ Arcspace
  20. ^ "5 Things To Do This Week". The Architects' Journal. November 27, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2011. Haunting architectural photography 
  21. ^ CFA Foundation

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