Albert Vecerka will speak at the Cooper Hewitt Design Center as part of the Harlem Focus Series.
His lecture is titled Architectural Photography: The Imaging of Design. Albert will present his work, sharing insights and technical details about capturing the utility, spirit, and beauty of the designed environment.
The Harlem Focus series highlights design issues in Harlem, ranging from public art and landscape architecture, to rooftop farms and urban woodland restoration, and explores how design affects this unique neighborhood as it continues to evolve, change, and inspire.
The details: Wednesday, June 12, 2013; 6:30-8:00 pm at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center 111 Central Park North (at Lenox Avenue)
For more information, visit the Cooper-Hewitt, Harlem focus website.
UPDATE: click here, to link to Albert Vecerka’s Harlem Focus Lecture.
Albert was recently perched on the green roof at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
He has been photographing the BBG, designed by Weiss Manfredi, throughout the last year, showing the garden and building in every season.
Photographs of the Garden, over the past year, can be in earlier posts.
“From whimsical doorways on houses to large-scale entries in monumental structures; from kinetic drawbridges to stationary portals” the newest Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine shares a varied collection of photographs of doors and entries from the Esto collection.
The photographs range from early images by Ezra Stoller, to newer projects by the current Esto photographers Albert Vecerka, David Sundberg, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss and Francis Dzikowski.
In the introduction, Deane Madsen writes that
Paul Goldberger said in his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize that he will never review a building he hasn’t personally visited and explored, calling architecture “the way most people connect to the built environment.” If that’s the case, then doorways are both the literal and metaphorical portals through which people travel to experience those connections, and serve as visitors’ first taste of the space within.
Visit Architect Magazine to see the new Esto Gallery.
John Hill has a new piece in Viewpoints showing selected personal projects of architectural photographers including Albert Vecerka and Peter Aaron.
Albert Vecerka’s project titled Manhattanville explores the neighborhood around where he lives.
This project is about the evolution of a neighborhood, Manhattanville. I believe that taking a closer look at our immediate surroundings and the forces that shape them is valuable. Places that were, places that are, and places that will be speak about our humanity. I’ve lived nearby for 20 years. When I first moved in, I witnessed the slow evolution brought by the arrival of Fairway (a large gourmet supermarket), some restaurants, and offices in mid and late 1990’s. This relatively slow and organic change has now been replaced by grand gestures as redevelopment by Columbia University is underway—a Robert Moses-like intervention. It remains to be seen what this very controversial move will bring, and my project will have to evolve accordingly.
Peter Aaron’s neighborhood in the Hudson Valley also provides the inspiration for his personal project, photographs of Olana, Thomas Church’s house overlooking the Hudson.
Thomas Church’s architect Calvert Vaux cared as much about the landscape of Olana as he did the house and had help from Olmsted and Vaux in designing the Romantic landscapes for his property. So I turned the camera on the foliage and views rather than the house itself. The resulting pictures have much more landscape rather than architecture in them. They are based on seasonal weather highlights and thresholds to vistas that Church would have planned.
The full article is at Viewpoints. Check back for the personal projects of other Esto photographers.
After digging out from Nemo, and working at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Albert Vecerka perched atop an immense boulder for this shot.
Albert was in Tuxedo Park, New York to photograph the house below him, designed by Weiss Manfredi. He initially photographed the house in the fall of 2011, but had to wait until this winter for the snow shots.
Albert had been on this boulder on his previous trip to the site. He and his assistant were guessing how close to the edge he could go without falling – luckily he stayed on the rock!
Last week, the wind calmed enough for Albert to climb this tree and photograph his surroundings. Where is he?
In a tree above the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Albert notes that after a few postponements due to weather, the sun came out, but with the blue skies were 25mph winds with 50mph gusts. The tree had withstood Sandy so it was deemed strong enough but balancing on the limb was tricky. It was a good thing he was tied in, especially when gusts of wind blew him off balance.
Albert was back at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden after the recent snow storm, on the ground this time.
Where is Albert today?
Scroll down to the post on January 24 to find out.
Albert Vecerka’s photographs of Weiss /Manfredi‘s Brooklyn Botanic Garden appear in a recent HuffPost article. The piece by Jacob Slevin profiles Weiss/Manfredi and shows the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to be a showcase for the firms “multilayered approach to architecture, piercing several necessary adjacencies such as art, ecology, landscape architecture, engineering and urban planning.” Michael Manfredi talks about the BBG Visitor Center:
Our design intentionally inverts the distinction between building and site. The building is conceived as an inhabitable topography that defines a new “threshold”, a gateway between the city and the constructed landscapes of the garden.The building shifts from being overtly architectural at the entry (a broad entry plaza and shaded canopy) to being primarily about the landscape — it is nested into a planted berm on the garden side where the building with its green roof (including over 40,000 new plants) virtually disappears into the landscape. Our hope is that architecture, landscape and ecology collaborate in a seamless design.
Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the project support this description and help to tell the story of place. The HuffPost article includes several images.
This photograph of Albert was taken by Andrew Hester at the First Phase of the University of Pennsylvania Krishna P Singh Center for Nanotechnology in Philadelphia PA. The new building is by Weiss/Manfredi.
See the larger image here.
“A Line Around an Idea” is a retrospective exhibition of hand drawings by James Wines in the central atrium/gallery at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. The entire floor surface is covered by an enormous enlargement of one drawing.
Albert Vecerka, who teaches architectural photography at City College, photographed the exhibition from all angles. The final images are in an online portfolio.
The installation will be on view through April 5 at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at 141 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031.