Romanian photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu wins in three categories at The Architectural Photography Awards 2019
The famous architect and designer Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, once said that “architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light”.
When combined with yet another art of light assembling — photography — it underlines the epitome of craftsmanship.
To celebrate the best structures captured by detail-oriented photographers, every year, the Architectural Photography Awards take place at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. The event is sponsored by Sto.
“It was challenging to combine in one single frame the main particularities of the project”
This year’s biggest star is Laurian Ghinitoiu from Romania, who managed to gain three awards.
“I’m humbled to be selected as the winner in three categories of The Architectural Photography Awards 2019. These awards confirm my belief that if one devotes their focus and hard work to passion, it can lead to great, acknowledged results,” Ghinitoiu said about the award.
His snap of The Twist museum in Norway was selected as the overall winner for which he has got a prize of $3000.
“When shooting The Twist, designed by BIG, it was challenging to combine in one single frame the main particularities of the project: its sculptural shape, the structure that expands over the river, as a bridge, and at the same time to imply that ‘the object’ is actually a functional building.
“The context, the design and its scale, the poetry of the sinuous lines that are melting with the surroundings in a surreal atmosphere, are the elements that are making the captured image to be abstract but descriptive at the same time.”
Six categories, seven winners
For this year’s Architectural Photography Awards, the jury was picking winners from 2,000 entries overall. They divided them into six categories: Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, Buildings in Use, Mobile with this year’s theme of Shelter, and Portfolio with the theme of Social Housing.
Laurian Ghinitoiu’s second win was in the Portfolio category, this year focusing on Social Housing. For his photos of the GHI transformation project — part of the Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux, France by Lacaton & Vassal, Druot, Hutin, he was awarded a prize of $1000.
The Mobile category, with the theme of Shelter, has 2 winners: Tzu Chin Yu from Taiwan with a photograph of the Bathing Pavilion Tossols-Basil, Olot, Spain by RCR Arquitectes. He shot the photo a Samsung SM-G973F and was voted for by visitors to WAF.
Chinese photographer He Zhenhuan won the public vote with his photograph of Chongqing Railway Station in China shot on an iPhone X.
Public votes were cast via The Architectural Photography Awards 2019 competition website.
Ghinitoiu’s third win comes as a part of the Buildings in Use category with his photo of Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Albania by 51N4E.
Inge Schuster from Denmark, with her photograph of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon, Portugal by Amanda Levete, is the Sense of Place category winner.
He Zhenhuan wins again with his photograph of BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China by AZL Architects, as the Interior category winner.