From phones to drones : how technology is changing architectural photography

Tuesday 2nd June, 2015 | 8.30am-9.45am

Architectural Association,
New Soft Room,
36 Bedford Square
United Kingdom

For over 150 years photography has helped change the way we look at architecture. It has informed our understanding of London’s evolution and celebrated its status as a world city. But how photographers work and the way images are constructed and disseminated is changing.

This is being driven by technology, which has allowed images to be shared easily and quickly and also for free. How will this play out in the future and whose job will it be – the photographer or the amateur – to ensure that London’s transformation continues to be recorded?

Paul Raftery is one of the UK’s best-known architectural photographers and has worked for some off the world’s leading architects including Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.

His time-lapse video of the Shard made with filmmaker Dan Lowe was the first time-lapse of a building in the City of London.

In his talk, Paul will argue that this profound shift has the potential to revolutionise the way we view and understand the built environment.

This event is being run with AA Night School. There will be two more events in this series including a drone workshop in Bedford Square.


Paul has worked all around the world for prestigious architects and international magazines.
He lives and breathes architectural photography. During a decade in France he lived in Le Corbusier’s Unité in Marseille, and his work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (Architecture) in London, in New York and at the French National Architecture Centre in Paris.