Storytellers of the Lens - Page 2

New CA-Modern story delves into the muse behind today's architectural photographers
Fridays on the Homefront
Los Angeles architectural photographer Elizabeth Daniels (pictured below) and her take on the Brody House (above - A. Quincy Jones, architect), Holmby Hills. Photography: Elizabeth Daniels

The third contemporary photographer source for Weinstein's story, Joe Fletcher of Oakland, is adamant that the job is to merely present, not interpret.

"I'm there to present someone else's work, the combination of the architect's work and the natural environment," says Fletcher, who originally hailed from London. "I'm not interpreting the architecture, but presenting what the architecture is. It presents itself to you, and you have to be open to that."

Consequently, when hired to shoot Richard Neutra's famed Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, Fletcher did his homework early, then backed off to clear his mind.

"I had consciously looked at all the [published] pictures, then didn't look at them for a month before photographing the house," he tells Weinstein before venturing into 'monkeys-on-typewriters' territory. "It's amazing how you can give everyone a camera, and ask them to photograph the same building, and you never get the same picture."

  Fridays on the Homefront

As for Daniels, she tells Weinstein, "I enter a space and I feel it out, and I try to catch angles that tell the story of the language an architect is using. It's almost like reading a book."

Right, like a storybook. Sometimes it's a tall tale, and sometimes a drawing room drama.

"It's a challenge capturing what you experience with all your senses, in a two-dimensional photo," Bradley concludes happily in the story. "I don't think any photographer has ever told the complete story of a house."

Perhaps, but to read these three photographers' takes on telling the 'story of a house,' click here for 'Telling Tales,' a sneak preview of the new fall '20 issue of CA-Modern.