Run, Jump, Shoot at the Barbican

The best shots from a day exploring architectural photography at the Barbican.


Barbican Estate, City of London, under construction, 1970. © John Maltby / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

In October 2013, a hardy bunch of photography enthusiasts braved the high winds and storm threats to venture into the Barbican estate to learn about architectural photography.

Run, Jump, Shoot began with a look at the history of architectural photography using items from the RIBA’s exceptional Robert Elwall Photographs Collection . Participants had the opportunity for a closer look at some prints from the very dawn of photography in the mid-19th century before moving on to examine some iconic images from some of the 20th century’s most adept chroniclers of British architecture. Andy Day then led a session looking at what makes a successful photograph as well as looking into the fascinating relationship of people and architecture in photography.

We set off to the Barbican where Andy was on hand for technical advice and tips on how to get the best results from a rather gloomy day. The results were impressive, with many people taking on Andy’s pointers to look for contrasting textures and frames within frames. It was tough, as always, for us to pick our two winners who will each receive a print of their choice from either  RIBApix  or  kiell.com . We have picked Ron Hewitt, a repeat participant whose work also impressed us at Alexandra Road, and Carolina Alvarez.

Article by Justine Sambrook, Curator, Robert Elwall Photographs Collection,   British Architectural Library , RIBA

Winning entries by Ron Hewitt (left) and Carolina Alvarez (right) Other entries by Tien Nguyen (left), Ellen Gates (centre) and Christian Brailey (right) Barbican Estate, City of London, under construction, 1970. © John Maltby / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
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