Iwan Baan. 52 Weeks 52 Cities
Martha Herford & Kehrer Verlag, 2013
out of print
Architecture photographer Iwan Baan says ‘better be homesick than to stay at home’ and has developed the ’52 Weeks, 52 Cities’ project for Marta Herford Museum. He takes us with him on his travels around the world. After his studio in Amsterdam burned down one and a half years ago he became a nomad.
His signature style is marked by its focus on the close relationship between people and architecture, between social use and the variety of spaces. He doesn’t describe himself as an architecture photographer as he feels people make places. He is constantly in search of the right moment.
The 52 photographs from the past year tell just as many stories. They depict emotional encounters with everyday and unusual places. These include a 45-story incomplete skyscraper in Caracas, in which around 750 families live ‘extra-legally’ in a ‘vertical slum’.