Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, Rome. Photo: Pygmalion Karatzas
Pygmalion Karatzas never studied photography professionally. He started experimenting with it during his architecture studies in Budapest, and later while studying urban design in Edinburgh, too.
"I felt that cultivating a photographic eye is part of the architect's job," says Karatzas, who now has his own architecture firm in Greece but continues taking pictures. "Photography and architecture are integrally linked together. Composition, geometry, light, weather, context, human behavior, and interaction—and much more—are key in both fields."
For his latest photo series, Karatzas researched which locations he should visit, but while actually on the scene came by some surprising buildings he didn't plan to photograph. He uses long exposures and develops his films in a fine-art process. This, he says, makes it possible to slow down and appreciate details, observe scenes and angles that take the photo beyond a two-dimensional representation.
"There are many people whose work I admire and study, from famous professionals to amateur photographers and artists," Karatzas says. "One very close to my heart is Gregory Colbert, because of the unique style he has developed, the message he conveys, his approach to accessing and exhibiting art and his activism. Having said that, I agree with Alvaro Siza’s quote: 'To copy one architect is not good, yet to copy many is essential.'"
Herzog & de Meuron's building at the Vitra Museum, Germany
Renzo Piano's Parco della Musica, Rome
Zaha Hadid's MAXXI Museum, Rome
An office building at EUR district, Rome
Frank Gehry's building at the Vitra Museum, Germany
KFW Westarkade by Sauerbruch and Hutton, Frankfurt, Germany
All photos by Pygmalion Karatzas