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Parallel between architecture and photography
I started with photography as my thesis topic: "Parallel Between Architecture and Photography"
you are most welcome to bring forth your point of view , facts, linkages between the two, how these might be helpful in design process,anything at all that you have in mind, even a sentence will be of great help to me and my research. I will be glad if you guide me with whatever information you have. Any thesis, report, article, video,book etc reference is most welcome. Thank you :)
Kanza Samad
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Parallel between architecture and photography
Architecture = a-Dynamic, b-Time+Space, c-Specific
Photography = a-Static, b-Moment+Image(Mimic),c-General
Correct me if I wrong :)
Furqan Khatri
Parallel between architecture and photography
Kanza, I am not too sure that there is any parallel because architecture is something existing in four dimensions (3D Space and Time) and photography is a technology based 2D imaging process.

However, there is an old saying "a picture tells a thousand words" and so a photograph imparts information to the mind in a non-linguistic way, so no language is necessary; similarly an architectural design imparts information in a non-linguistic way.
Frank John Snelling
Parallel between architecture and photography
In my opinion architecture and photography cannot be parallel to each other. Because feeling is most important thing in the life. You can not feel the essence of a space in front of a 2 dimensional color print. May be i am wrong, but I think there is a difference between 3D illusion and 3D reality.

So In my opinion topic should be titled as "PARALLEL BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND IMAGINATION" instead of "PARALLEL BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY". Because the image produced by a human brain has pivot role in architecture, than a photo produced by a digital camera.
Muhammad Aftab Malik
Parallel between architecture and photography



thank you for the response..well i started off with a logical equation:
photography (as a process yields)------images (product)
images(series of imaginary images linked together in an architects mind creates)------architecture

so my point is that how photography( as a process) can help create better visual architecture -PHOTOGENIC architecture
by process i mean that how a photographer sees the existing setup and brings out the best in it.so how this can help an architect in his thought process for creating better spaces and eventually better architecture.

@furqan...yep ur right in a way but not absolutely ..photography has the dimension of time and space..its not that obvious as in architecture but it does have..alot of theories also suggest so and im not quite sure what you mean by architecture being specific.as the way i am thinking it is not specific and also photography is not a general process...a photographer similar to an architect bears a concept in his mind and then develops it through a thought process...finds a subject to be shot (which satisfies his concept) and then shoots it...shoot is also a process involving various aspect ..playing a=with teh depth of the field,vantage point,focus,balance etc :)

@frank..i hope my above explanation can give a hint about what i am thinking and thank you for giving me a very valid similarity between the two..i didnt think of that :)

@aftab thank you so much for ur input..you may be right , the way ur thinking but i am thinking on a bit different line.hope my above lines explain that :)
Kanza Samad
Parallel between architecture and photography
Interestingly I'm looking at something very similar for my thesis this year. In my opinion there are several parallels between architecture and photography. On the basic level both deal with the manipulation of light and space and the process of photography has an impact on the perception of the space which is being recorded. For references have a look at 'On Photography' by Susan Sontag, as well as some of Walter Benjamin's writing on media and representation. Good luck with the thesis, and if you find any great resources please share here!
Richard Woods
Parallel between architecture and photography
@richard thank you very much..i really appreciate ur input.i will def. let you know if i find something interesting.i recently read "the architects eye" by tom porter...i couldnt find "on photography" at my university's library...n preview of only one chapter is online..if u have a link to the book or its soft copy please let me know..thank you once again :)
Kanza Samad
Parallel between architecture and photography
I did manage to find a pdf copy online which i could send you if you want? I think i just searched google for "Susan Sontag On Photography pdf" and it came up. Is 'the architect's eye' worth a read? Cheers Richard
Richard Woods
Parallel between architecture and photography
well it tells about the thought process of an architect and how he sees things..u can def. go through it.
Kanza Samad
Parallel between architecture and photography
also can you please send me the link to the book..thanx
Kanza Samad
Parallel between architecture and photography
Hey hi i am also doing my thesis on similar to your topic. my topic is finding relation between photography and architecture through design interventions so can you give any suggestions on it.
Henish Kakadiya
Parallel between architecture and photography
Henish, perhaps you should consider the facts that (a) photography is only about 150 years old, (b) colour photography only became available to the general public in the 1960s, and (c) therefore, photography has been in Black and White (black, greys and white) for a great deal longer than colour photography.

Furthermore, Black and White photography and Colour photography are different art forms, because the eye and the mind can be distracted from the reason for taking the photograph by the camoflage distortion of colour.

Because it is possible to fool the eye and therefore the mind through the careful juxtaposition of colours. A prime example being the test book of images used to detect red / green colour blindness.
Frank John Snelling
Parallel between architecture and photography
Henish, `the art of camouflage` not only applies to hiding things in plain sight, but is an element in the architectural design process, because sometimes it is necessary to hide the ugly parts of buildings, or at least distract the eye from the ugly parts of building, as in the use of shadow lines.
Frank John Snelling
Parallel between architecture and photography
Dalton discovered that some people were colour-blind and so made a number of test images to check eyesight.
Frank John Snelling
Parallel between architecture and photography
Kanza, Richard,
i have also started my thesis and i would like to present a connection between architecture and photography. i am still trying to find a specific topic but i dont know where to begin from, so i was hoping i could read any books concerning architecture and photography. could you please tell me if you found any more interesting books on this topic?
thank you in advance
Mary Sanio
Parallel between architecture and photography
Given that the `camera obscura` (pin-hole camera) was used as a guide to paint and draw buildings hundreds of years before modern photography. (A similar effect can be achieved using an Overhead Projector to project an image onto a sheet of paper on a wall and then tracing the image.) Then there is a direct connection between photography and architecture.
Frank John Snelling
Parallel between architecture and photography
im also thinking my thesis as architecture and photogrphy.please help if any of you did thesis on this.please contact me
thankyou
Nimra Asif
Parallel between architecture and photography
Henish Kakadiya, Mary Sanio....

as mentioned in my first post "parallel between photography and architecture" was the statement with which i started my research but with time/findings my topic got a direction and i focused myself on: "to study the design potential of photography in architecture"

Architecture ( a form of art) has always taken inspiration from diff fields of art be it music, dance, paintings etc. an architect works with the artist/or teh forms of art with which he feel more associated with or the one which inspires him/her.
since photography is the 21st century art...what is there in photography that can inspire an architect to create spaces..

this was my starting point...
hope it helps :)
Kanza Samad
Parallel between architecture and photography
Kanza,
You have been very helpful and your topic became the starting point for producing many thoughts on my thesis. Have you any suggestions to make concerning bibliography? which book would you suggest about how photography methods and techniques can be used as architectural tools? also, i am interested in how architectural has contributed to the emergence of architecture, so, any suggestion will be welcome!
p.s. i have focused on the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, so if you would like any information on this topic, i will be more than happy to help you!
thank you in advance!! :)
Mary Sanio
Parallel between architecture and photography
Dear Kanza Samad ,
Is there a way to view your dissertation or / and suggest me any books and resources or online documentations that helped you to build up the dissertation ?
I am currently also studying the relation between architecture and photography. My idea is to study this visual world which is stored inside the architects mind, how people perceive an image and how photography can be further developed, therefore studying its potential which will be illustrated through experiments made in my own city.
I would really appreciate your help :)
Daphne Bugeja
Parallel between architecture and photography
I think the point is being missed here, because "photography" has been around a lot longer than most people imagine, given that pinhole cameras were being used by Leonardo Da Vinci, etc in the 15th Centuary.

Similarly, photographs are `texts without language and without words` and so can be read and appreciated by everyone even if their (a) cultural perception and (b) individual perceptions are different, because no two people "see (in their mind)" images exactly the same even though the function of the eye is the same.

Far too many people assume that the operation of the brain and the operation of the mind are the same (I have even heard that in some languages the same word is used for brain and mind).
Frank John Snelling
Parallel between architecture and photography
I am also working on similar topic for my thesis. I am starting with 'Potential of photograph in architecture-a source of memories'. Besides studying the relationship between Architecture & Photography, and its potential I am also looking it from a different angle that how do photographs become a source of memories and reliving experience. Can a person relive the experience he get while being there in any space?
Any article or source of information is welcomed :)
Anam Nasir
Parallel between architecture and photography
Anan, I have used a 35mm camera with colour film since the late 1970s and because I am not a people person, most of my photographs are of landscapes, scenery, architecture and designs.

Although, I do have some earlier photographs using a Brownie Box camera which are more of the holiday snapshot type and include a circular rainbow on a cloud. :)
Frank John Snelling
Parallel between architecture and photography
Hey Kanza..im going to wrk out on almost the similar topic for my final year thesis.your discussion has cleared my vision further.thankyou for that.any further assistance in this regard would be appreciated from my side :)
if it is possible for you plz send me a draft of your research so that to have an idea of the different dimensions and potentials of this topic :)
Wasu Shah
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