Lecture by Hélène Binet

Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:30 - 8:30pm

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John Hejduk, Kreuzberg Tower, Berlin, Germany, 1988

John Hejduk, Kreuzberg Tower, Berlin, Germany, 1988

Presented as part of the 2015 Student Lecture Series

Hélène Binet is one of the foremost architectural photographers of our time. Born in Sorengo, Switzerland, she studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Rome, where she grew up, and soon developed an interest in architectural photography. 

Over a period of twenty-five years Hélène Binet has photographed both contemporary and historical architecture. Her list of clients includes architects Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, Peter Zumthor and many others. 

While following the work of contemporary architects – often from construction through completion – Hélène Binet has also photographed the works of past architects as Alvar Aalto, Geoffrey Bawa, Le Corbusier, Sverre Fehn, John Hejduk, Sigurd Lewerentz, Andrea Palladio and Dimitris Pikionis. 

More recently, Hélène Binet has started to direct her attention to landscape photography, wherein she transposes key concerns of her architectural photography. Hélène Binet’s work has been published in a wide range of books, and is shown in both national and international exhibitions.

Hélène Binet is an advocate of analogue photography and therefore she exclusively works with film.

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