Baan Among the Best

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Friday, January 29, 2010
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Baan doing what he does best. (Courtesy Iwan.com)

First there was Ezra Stoller, then Julius Shulman. Now comes Iwan Baan, who is furiously “remaking the genre” of architectural photography, as Charles Renfro put it to Fred Bernstein in Sunday’s Times. Baan, while only 34, has an exploding, explosive list of clients. As Bernstein explains, “Mr. Baan’s work, while still showing architecture in flattering lights and from carefully chosen angles, does away with the old feeling of chilly perfection. In its place he offers untidiness, of the kind that comes from real people moving though buildings and real cities massing around them.” It is for this reason, among many others, that Baan was selected as one of a dozen photographers in our annual Best Of issue, now online. Not surprisingly, his work turns up throughout, bringing to life everything from the High Line’s lighting to 41 Cooper Square’s facade. Do think of calling on him—as well as the hundreds of other contractors, fabricators, and suppliers in Best Of—next time you need a smart hand or steady eye on one of your projects.

One Response to “Baan Among the Best”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear…Is this an article or an advertisement?

    Shulman like Baan are (were) both very talented photographers who benefited greatly from lucking into extraordinary first clients that launched their careers. For Shulman it was Richard Neutra, for Baan Rem Koolhaas. But Baan is just one of many exceptional young talents in the field today, and he is not the only one in the field taking advantage of new technology and including people in his photos. I’ve seen great work from Baan, but of all the photos taken over the past year of the 41 Cooper Union facade I find his rather unremarkable.

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