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Where Architecture Meets Video

Where Architecture Meets Video

For the last six or seven years, most pro level digital cameras have also doubled as video cameras. Professional videographers have taken to using cameras like the Canon 5D, to shoot high end video productions.  Many commercials you see on TV and even some TV dramas are now being shot with DSLRs.  The cameras are […]


Getting Ink

Getting Ink

The publishing world has changed radically in the last ten years.  The advent of the internet and the widespread growth of specialty websites has put information everywhere there is a connection and a device to display it.  The cost of producing and distributing a traditional ink on paper journal has proved too burdensome for many […]


Golden Gate Recreation Center by Shah Kawasaki Architects

Golden Gate Recreation Center by Shah Kawasaki Architects

If you watch the evening news or read the S.F. Chronicle, the public image of Oakland is nothing but gun violence and corruption.  The reality of the place is actually quite different.  While not quite its shining cousin across the Bay, Oakland has a growing tech presence, a vibrant art and culinary scene and a […]


Thinking Grand

Thinking Grand

Since the early 1980s I have been fortunate to work with a handful of America’s most creative architects.  Much of what they do is aspirational. I thought it might be fun to share a few projects we have photographed recently that have a marquee nature which speaks both to great design and their uniquely beautiful […]


A View From the Top

A View From the Top

Creating panoramas is a unique aspect of photography that has been around for a very long time.  I am sure you have all seen the amazing antique photos taken in the early Twentieth Century with banquet cameras, huge plate film cameras with fitted with a rotating lens that could shoot an entire room full of […]


The Bi-Annual Party for West Coast Design

The Bi-Annual Party for West Coast Design

The Monterey Design Conference is the California Council A.I.A.’s equivalent of the TED Talks.  Held every two years at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds just south of Monterey, the conference brings together some of the world’s greatest architects, 3D artists, futurists, designers of all stripes and creative types from north and south to share a […]


Creating Magic at Night

Creating Magic at Night

There is more that goes into creating great photographs of buildings than most people realize. Some of it happens before the shoot and much after the shutter is snapped.  Recently we were asked by the internationally recognized lighting designer, Paul Helms of Atlanta, to capture the work he did in conjunction with HOK on a […]


A Blue and Gold Reunion

A Blue and Gold Reunion

To say that the University of California, Berkeley was the center of the student movement in the 1960s is like saying Antarctica is cold. And no piece of university real estate in the United States has more history or significance than Sproul Plaza and it’s adjacent buildings. Little did the Regents or their appointed architects, […]


A Napa Valley Geography Lesson

A Napa Valley Geography Lesson

As many friends would attest,  I seldom turn down a glass of good red.  So when I got a call from a Napa Valley vintner, I was all ears.  The conversation bounced from geology, to organic architecture, to a well known Spanish architect with references to Shakespeare.  I was being asked to shoot a new […]


The Convention Circuit

The Convention Circuit

Spring is the time of year for national conventions and many trade shows. These conventions have become big business for their producers and frankly, I am amazed at how many companies pay the large fees and allocate huge resources to attend these events, but they do. From very small product people, to Fortune 500 corporations, […]


Looking back on 2014

Looking back on  2014

When I was in my early twenties, I fantasized about being a National Geographic photographer using my camera to explore the world. In my late twenties, I rediscovered architecture and built a thirty plus year career photographing both architecture and interiors for the great and the aspiring to be great. While still shooting architecture and […]


Great Houses, Great Architects

Great Houses, Great Architects

  What a difference five years has made. We have come from the abyss of a disastrous recession that forced millions from their homes to an economy that is producing new homes at a record clip. While the housing recovery is spotty, across the board there is work for builders, developers and architects. Investing in […]


Growing Old

Growing Old

    It has been a while since we were asked to shoot an elderly care facility, but recently we photographed two with more in the wings.  I don’t think of myself as old, after all I do have college-aged children who periodically darken my doorstep and routinely call for cash, but at some point […]


Reaching for the Sky

Reaching for the Sky

Having the camera at about 5’3” off the ground is just about the perfect height for shooting architectural exteriors.  That is because that height replicates our perception, the height from where the average eye sees the world.  Sometimes, however, there is a need to put the camera at a higher angle.  Often the requirement is […]


A Journey to the world of Arts and Crafts

A Journey to the world of Arts and Crafts

Tucked away on a quiet residential street in Berkeley, California is the home and studio of Audel Davis, one of America’s great craftsmen. Think Maloof, Stocksdale, Nakashima, only Davis is a coppersmith and his genre is Arts and Crafts.  When one hears the phrase, images of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Greene and Greene immediately come to […]


Holiday Book Ideas

Holiday Book Ideas

It is no secret to many of you that I have been both photographing and writing books on architecture and design for the last few years. My first book was California Cool: Residential Modernism Reborn, now in its second printing. Since then, I have written, photographed, produced or played a significant creative role in five […]


Will Bruder: A Cool Guy in a Hot Place

Will Bruder: A Cool Guy in a Hot Place

When I picked up the phone last winter, a rather gruff voice on the other end announced in no uncertain terms, “This is Will Bruder and I want to be in your book.” I was a bit shocked. When compiling a list of possible architects for my latest book, Rural Modern, I had come across […]


Martinez Commons, Uncommon Student Housing for Berkeley

Martinez Commons, Uncommon Student Housing for Berkeley

The University wanted a modern building that could meet the needs of 21st Century students and at the same time, make as small an environmental imprint as possible.


Discovering Great Architecture around the U.S.

Discovering Great Architecture around the U.S.

It could be that the sun just shines a little too brightly here in California and casts an undeserving shadow on good architecture in other parts of the U.S.


Lunch With Daniel G. Smith

Lunch With Daniel G. Smith

Ecological building has gone in and out of fashion several times since the 1960s, but Dan Smith has been singular in his approach to create buildings that leave the most minimal carbon footprint.


Pierce College Athletics

Pierce College Athletics

I was surprised to find nearly every space filled with a huge cross section of the Pierce College community doing the things necessary to keep them healthy and engaged.


Remembering…

Remembering...

In an era of “more is more,” Ruth’s work was often spare with the exception of her use of vibrant color to liven a space.
Kanner was very much an L.A. person and his designs were the embodiment of So. Cal. Culture: bright, free-spirited and populist.


A Green Retrofit for the State

A Green Retrofit for the State

Over 3000 tons of asbestos laden material was removed and major seismic x bracing added


Building Green in California

Building Green in California

I have to laugh a little when people get excited about “green design.”