Architectural photography is a sub-discipline of photography in which the major focus is on obtaining photos of buildings and other architectural structures that are both aesthetically beautiful and accurate depictions of their subjects. Architectural photographers are typically trained in the use of specialised techniques and cameras to create such pictures.
The first permanent photograph, Nicéphore Niépce’s Vista from the Window at Le Gras, was also the first architectural photograph because it depicted a view of structures. Early photographer William Henry Fox Talbot, for example, took images of architecture, including one of a Latticed window in Lacock Abbey in 1835.
Architectural structures, particularly buildings, have been highly valued photographic subjects throughout the history of photography, reflecting society’s admiration for architecture and its cultural significance. By the 1860s, architectural photography had established itself as a viable visual medium
Architectural photography evolved over time in the same way as building designs changed and morphed with conventional forms.
Architectural photography got more creative in the early to mid-twentieth century as photographers experimented with new techniques such as using diagonal lines and dramatic shadows in their compositions.
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