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Dutch photographer Iwan Baan is known primarily for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. Born in 1975, Iwan grew up outside Amsterdam, studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and worked in publishing and documentary photography in New York and Europe.

Iwan fell unexpectedly into the subject of architecture in 2005 when he proposed to Rem Koolhaas that he document a project by the architect's firm OMA. The proposal led to his first major project, the documentation of the construction of OMA's China Central Television (CCTV) building and Herzog & de Meuron's completed National Olympic Stadium, both in Beijing. Iwan collaborates with the world's foremost architects, photographing institutional, public and private projects by Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Morphosis, Frank Gehry, Toyo Ito, Steven Holl, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Zaha Hadid, and young architects like Sou Fujimoto, Selgas Cano among others. His work is characterized by the portrayal of people in the architecture, the context, society and environment around architecture. He also completes documentary projects on social initiatives such as schools, libraries and community centers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Iwan's images appear frequently in The New York Times, Domus, Abitare and The New Yorker, among others. Current and upcoming exhibitions include Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement at the Museum of Modern Art and Richard Neutra in Europe, which opened this May at the Marta Herford Museum in Germany and will travel to several other locations. Iwan's work has also been included in exhibitions at the Architectural Association in London and the AIA New York Chapter.

He frequently collaborates on books covering diverse subjects including SANAA Studios, the Porsche Museum, Steven Holl's Knut Hamsun Museum, and the new book, Brasilia - Chandigarh: Living With Modernity with Lars Mueller Publishers. Upcoming books include a book with Lars Mueller Publishers and the Benesse Foundation on the Setouchi islands in Japan, and the book "No More Play" with Michael Maltzan and USC, School of Architecture in Los Angeles on the city, published by Hatje Cantz.

Iwan Baan received on 10-10-2010, Julius Shulman's 100th birthday, the inaugural Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award from the Julius Shulman Foundation at Woodbury Univeristy - Read more in News

December 2011: Iwan Baan was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell'Architettura on occasion of their 100th issue.

Iwan Baan is now represented by Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Some of the press:
LA Times: Iwan Baan is Now Represented by Perry Rubenstein Gallery
ARTINFO: Iwan Baan Crosses Over Into Fine Art at Perry Rubenstein Gallery
Gallerist NY: Iwan Baan Joins Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Proceeds of Iconic Sandy Image Will Go to Hurricane Relief

The The New York Times and International Herald Tribune published on Januari 22, 2010 a profile on Iwan Baan: Structural Integrity and People, Too by Fred A. Bernstein

Iwan Baan in the Encyclopedia Britannica

Read the The New York Times:

Structural Integrity and People, Too

by Fred A. Bernstein
Januari 22, 2010

Iwan Baan in the Encyclopedia Britannica

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all images Iwan Baan 1996 - 2010