Iwan Baan: The Way We Live

Danielle Rago
Feb 23, 2013 6:37PM

Not since Julius Shulman has an architectural photographer had such a prolific career outside of the mediums of both architecture and photography, respectively. Dutch artist Iwan Baan, most known for his images of iconic buildings by renowned architects and architectural firms such as OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, SANNA, Steven Holl, Morphosis, Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, among others, has recently gained notoriety for photographs of social projects and urban environments like Torre David in Carcas, Venezuela and New York City post-Superstorm Sandy. Currently on view at Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, The Way We Live features a selection of large-scale architectural and urban images spanning the last eight years of the artist’s practice, which clearly examines how we as individuals interact with and inhabit architecture and the built landscape. From his earlier photographs, such as Tokyo #1, 2006, that capture slick buildings and glamorous living, to more recently, realistic depictions of everyday people inhabiting contested space, as he does with Torre David #2, 2011, Baan has an ability to go beyond the lens of his camera to communicate with his subject matter whether it be landscape, building, community, or individual. The Way We Live is currently on view through April 13, 2013 at Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles.

 Photos by Iwan Baan, courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles.

Danielle Rago
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