VICTOR ENRICH’S PHOTOGRAPHIC MIND

Victor Enrich, a Barcelona based photographer, has pushed even his reputation of reconfigurations and twisted figures to the extreme. For his most recent project, he took an image of the NH Deutscher Kaiser hotel (hence the name Project NHDK) in Munich and translated the building’s architecture 88 different ways. Most are impossible twists and turns, but some pass as surprisingly realistic. Lifelike or not, it’s fun to think about what the familiar structures in our lives would look like if we had the chance to get our hands on the architecture.

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Munich’s Deutscher Kaiser hotel looks like any sleek modern building. But re-imagined through the mind (and lens) of artist Víctor Enrich, the structure becomes something mind-bendingly crazy — Salvador Dali meets Inception. The Spanish native spent months turning out these 88 startling computer-aided distortions of the four-star urban lodging. Why? Recent emigrant Enrich had passed the Deutscher Kaiser daily while job-hunting in the German city and quickly tired of looking at it. What started off as novel way to motivate himself, turned into a fully realized passion project. Speaking to TIME from Barcelona, Enrich says “I always try to express myself as much as I can. If I’m not having fun, I will never do anything!

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I found it beautiful,” says Enrich, “to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano.” See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break. From the artist: “This is a push forward to test my own limits, playing with the very simple geometry of the building I chose: the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. In previous projects, I always felt I did not make enough formal explorations. So, I squeezed my brains and tried to push myself towards more. It seems that right now we are in the ‘Time Lapse’ era, so I tried to make some sort of antagonist to these wonderful photographic productions of today’s contemporary artists”.

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Iwan Baan: the photographer

Dutch photographer Iwan Baan is known primarily for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture.

Baan is known for eschewing the traditional approach of shooting buildings in isolation. He says his aim with every shoot is to capture the life both within and surrounding the built environment. “It’s still very much my interest to show what’s happening around these buildings, what people do there and what kind of role these projects have for people” he explained.

For most shoots the photographer rents a helicopter to capture his subject from above. “It’s very important for me to give the larger overview and try to get some distance from the architecture. That really tells you where it is and that it’s not just a building that could be anywhere.”

Iwan started out as a documentary photographer but moved into architecture after a chance meeting with architect Rem Koolhaas He has since become the most sought-after name in architectural photography and spends his life travelling the world to shoot buildings by names such as  Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron  and SANAA.”Most people know my photography from the commissioned architecture work but there are also a lot of other places that fascinate me, that show how people are building informally. My work is about looking at all the different aspects of building and the built environment, from the very well-planned cities to what people build themselves out of necessity,” he said.

It’s continuous travelling,” he said. “When you look on the map, it’s flying back and forth all over the world.”

The new exhibition shows a selection of Baan’s photographs from the last year accompanied by short commentaries: 52 Weeks, 52 Cities is on show at the Marta Hereford  gallery in Herford, Germany, until 30 March.

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