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TIM GRIFFITH: Architecture Photography: Building Relationships 

Orientation Sunday, May 6th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 9th 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday, May 10th 9:00am – 11:00am

In current representations of the built environment, there’s a lot of talk about capturing the essence of a building. However, in the overdose of images available at every turn, there are precious few that manage to attain this esoteric virtue. Just what is that quirky arrangement of chairs, that collision of lines, that fleeting shadow, that thing which somehow conveys, even if for a moment, some insight into the physical and emotional experience of a particular place? To answer that, you’ve really got to understand what you’re looking at. Like people, every structure, every space has a distinct character. Each has a story to to tell. Some are poetic, some are political, some are simply practical.

All you have to do is listen.

That is how to respond to architecture. That is the key to photographing more than the mere existence of bricks and mortar. That is how to give voice to the aspiration and emotion that great architecture can hold. Whether pursuing imagery for art or commerce, identifying and responding to the inherent qualities within a building is the single most important skill for a photographer of architecture.

This workshop will start with a brief presentation on the history of architectural photography, examining the work of notable practitioners and providing some insight into the technical and social influences of the day affecting the success, or not, of the resulting images. Griffith will show examples of his recent assignment and personal work, discussing both the aesthetic pursuit and the commercial realities associated with each. Further time will be taken to evaluate and critique student images.

Over the next three and half days, the workshop will have access to a number of locations in Palm Springs, both residential and commercial in scale. Each will provide an opportunity to discuss and then put into practice, various approaches to illustrating the story of the design. During the practical sessions, discussion and demonstration of specific technical issues associated with both large and small format digital capture will be undertaken. This will include topics specific to architectural photography such as appropriate camera platform and lens selection, software and lighting solutions.

Questions and discussion amongst the group is encouraged on the changing business and licensing models specifically affecting the professional architectural photography marketplace. In addition to the practical sessions, a good deal of time will be spent evaluating and critiquing student images. The intent of these critiques is to provide students with a set of critical tools for ongoing self evaluation and improvement of their craft.

In the final session, we will touch upon various approaches to issues such as pricing multiple party commissions and image licensing.

Photographers working with digital cameras should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

NOTE: Because of the importance and relevance of getting different perspectives, members of this class will spend 1/2 day with instructor Scott Frances to discuss his process and do class critiques.

PRICE: $1230  (Includes all workshop transportation and boxed lunches on full class days)


Tim Griffith has been photographing architecture and design related images for over twenty five years. Melbourne born and working from offices in San Francisco and Singapore, Tim travels extensively on assignments in Asia, Europe and North America for a number of the world’s leading design firms, among them Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Richard Meier + Partners, Perkins +Will and Denton Corker Marshall. His inventive and graphic images are widely published in a diverse range of international design journals including Architectural RecordMetropolis and Wallpaper. A selection of images are included in several private and public art collections around the world. In October 2009, Tim was invited to participate in the core program of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale with a solo exhibition entitled Immediate Future. A solo exhibition entitled Babel Town was shown in Stuttgart’s Galerie f.75 in February 2011.

Recent commissions include the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Riverside 66 in Tianjin and the Shanghai Tower, currently ranked the second tallest building in the world. 

Griffith’s honors and awards include three International Photography Awards for Architectural Photographer of the Year, several gold awards at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris and the prestigious European Architectural Photography Prize. In June 2012, Tim’s work was honored by his professional peers at the Australian Professional Photography Awards where he was named AIPP Architectural Photographer of the Year for a remarkable fourteenth time. In October 2011, Tim was awarded first prize for Architecture in the 2011 APA Awards in New York.