Arcspace.com presents the architectural photography series

sponsored by the Danish Architecture Center, edited by Pygmalion Karatzas


The photographic studio Hedrich Blessing was founded in 1929 by Ken Hedrich and Henry Blessing based in Chicago USA. Since the beginning of the studio’s creation a relationship between photographer and designer, as well as a mentorship/apprenticeship between senior and younger photographers was established, both of which became the studio’s leading philosophy and history. In 1937 Architectural Forum commissioned Hedrich Blessing to photograph recent works of Frank Lloyd Wright and in the ’50 the studio became associated with the modern movement, particularly with Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Albert Kahn, Buckminster Fuller, Eero Saarinen, Minoru Yamasaki, Harry Weese and Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Although most widely known for its architectural photography, Hedrich Blessing has been working with designers in related fields such as industrial, annual report, product and editorial. Today four photographers build upon the studio’s tradition: Steve Hall, Tom Harris, Nick Merrick, Jon Miller. Each began as a photographic assistant and was mentored by one of their predecessors. In the firm’s 86 year history there have been twenty photographers. The Hedrich Blessing Archive from 1929 to 1979 is housed at the Chicago History Museum. Nick Merrick regularly gives architectural photography workshops, and Jon Miller gives lectures to design students, museum audiences and other interested parties. In 2013, the studio started offering time-based media in Motion+Sound, ranging from fully produced narratives to more basic time-lapse photography. With a long list of high profile clients Hedrich Blessing is one of the leading architectural photography firms in the US and internationally. 

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