If you’re one of the greatest living architects looking for a photographer to document your masterworks, you’re going to need someone who’s very good with their camera indeed. Having invested countless millions into a luxury building project nothing less than perfection will suffice; which is where Hélène Binet comes in. She’s photographed the buildings of innumerable great architects, from Le Corbusier and David Chipperfield to Alvar Aalto and Zaha Hadid.
Her relationship with Hadid is probably the most longstanding, having documented her structures from the early 1990s, and the relationships she’s developed with these buildings afford the most striking photographs of all. Renowned for her dramatic architecture, Hadid’s trademark curves cut swathes through Hélène’s images creating a rich chiaroscuro that emphasises the buildings’ power. It’s a remarkably apt pairing and one that we hope develops as Hadid continues to prosper.
There may have been discussion recently about architecture’s reduction to pure aesthetic imagery but surely there’s nothing wrong with photographing remarkable buildings with exceptional skill – at least not in our eyes.