Adam Davies


The large-format camera is well adapted for architectural photography. With this type of camera the lens can tilt, swing, rise, and shift, independently from the film-back. These movements change the angle of focus and skew the perspective of the composition. Practically, it lets a photographer straighten the lines of a building or change the depth-of-field so that two different elements (at different distances) are in focus simultaneously.

When photographing architecture, I utilize these unique camera attributes. By capturing the photograph on 8 × 10 inch sheet-film, I obtain a negative with extremely high resolution that allows me to emphasize the detail and materiality of the structure. Particularly in photographs of façades and interiors, I am interested in compressing the visual space within the picture to emphasize the complex relationships between different elements. With careful framing, alignment, and depth of field, I create compositions that emphasize the immersive, surprising, and often disorientating attributes of the architectural space.