The exhibition Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light focuses on the famous architecture photographer’s work, in which the qualities of a work of architecture are determined by the built structure’s relationship with natural light.
Over the course of her 25 year career Hélène Binet has photographed the work of important contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, Peter Zumthor and historic masters of international architecture such as Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Sverre Fehn, Sigurd Lewerentz, Andrea Palladio and many others.
“Photography is never a matter of chance, for it is clear that the message passes through the image,” the words of Mara Corradi in Architecture on The Web* are perfectly reflected in Hélène Binet’s images. The photographer works with analogue systems, and every shot reflects the deep concentration required, as in her famous images of the Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals.
Hélène Binet’s photographs have help build the reputation of contemporary architecture, and her work determines the way we look at and approach architecture. The photographer was recently awarded the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award, which has in the past been awarded to Grant Mudford (2014), Catherine Opie (2013), Pedro E. Guerrero (2012), Richard Barnes (2011) and Iwan Baan (2010).
* “Architecture on the web. A Critical Approach to Communication” Paolo Schianchi, ed., Libreriauniversitaria.it, Nuovi Pensieri series
Title: Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light
Dates: February 28 – March 29 2015
Location: Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery (WUHO), Los Angeles USA
Images courtesy of Julius Shulman Institute ph. Hélène Binet