Photographer Michael Schulze, known for his work in the film world, is also a pioneer in the field.
“I have been working in architecture photography for the past ten years,” he told Fox Sports.
“It started with my first post-production job on The Social Network.
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of architecture as a medium, and when I first started I was looking at the images of buildings in my city and realized how they were so rich and detailed.
I found myself thinking, How could we use this to make an architecture magazine?
It became something I wanted to do.”
The idea of a photography magazine began as a way for Schulz to connect with his audience through his work.
“A few years ago, a friend introduced me to a project he was working on,” Schulzes told FoxSports.
“He was looking to create an architecture photography website.
We discussed how he could use it as a platform to create new types of images and a way to showcase his work to his fans.
He thought it would be cool to create a magazine, with the idea that he could take the images he had been taking and put them on the site.”
It wasn’t until two years later, when Schulzi was looking for a way of using the images to further his career as an architect, that he was inspired by a post-workout photograph taken by a group of students at Harvard University.
“It was a photograph of a group standing on the front steps of the school, in front of the famous Harvard Library,” he said.
“They were all dressed in Harvard-branded clothes, and it was a bit of a departure from the typical school outfit, but it was still very much a Harvard student, and I was really inspired by the way the students were dressed and the way they were reacting.
They were not dressed for the typical Harvard atmosphere, and they were certainly not dressed to look like they were wearing Harvard clothes.””
It wasn´t long before I realised I had something special to offer the community and it became my mission to create this architecture photography magazine.”
The magazine, titled Architecture Photography, was born.
“In September of last year, I received an email from one of my colleagues, Andy Stadler, who was the director of photography at the Harvard School of Architecture,” Schuels said.
“Andy had just published a book on the subject of photography, called The Art of Photography.”
I immediately thought it was going to be an interesting project and I wanted Andy to come up with ideas for an architecture photo issue.
I asked him to send me a few photos and I asked my friends to send in their own images, so I could take a look at all the ideas and then decide which ones were most interesting.
I was very happy to receive his project proposal, and Andy came to me with an idea that really stood out for me.
I wanted something that was something that could showcase the work of the photographers and could be used as a supplement to the photography issue.
“After discussing it with him and reading about it, I realised that I was not just looking for an easy way to show my own work, I was also looking to showcase some of the best work in architecture.”
The Architecture Photography Issue, a limited edition of 10, was published in September, with over 500 images that were taken by students and architects at Harvard.
“In the fall of 2016, I sent out an email to my Instagram followers asking them to send their own photos, and within a few days, I had received over 300 submissions,” Schuluze said.
He also received a few submissions from students from other institutions, who he felt were interested in seeing his work, and who then sent him their images.
“After many months of work, the magazine was born.”
The Archives, a photography archive that Schulzed started with the aim of showcasing his work through his photography, has become an invaluable resource for his career.
“Architecture Photography has been such a wonderful way to connect me with the community, to showcase the photographs I take, and to show the work I’m doing,” he continued.
“The Archives is a wonderful collection of photographs and the images from the archives are incredibly inspiring.
They inspire and help me to continue working on my projects and the photography magazine is a great way for me to showcase that.””
Archisme photography is a unique form of journalism, a form of photography that is often seen as the domain of a small number of professionals, but in fact, architecture photography has evolved from being an amateur hobby to a profession with a strong base of professionals who have a strong vision for the future of architecture.”