Location: San Francisco, California
Photographing the Contemporary Jewish Museum several years ago was my first big break as an architectural photographer. Originally hired by the CJM to take construction photos, I would eventually be commissioned for the final project photography. Overcoming the challenges I would face over the months of photographing the museum gave me the insights to develop techniques and strategies I continue to apply and refine in my work.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Location: Jessie Square, San Francisco, CA
Design Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Landscape Architect: HANDEL Architects LLP
Photographing the blue steel clad Yud, was a fascinating exercise. It's jewel-like appearance is constantly changing depending on the light, sky, and angle: it could appear like a gleaming mirrored dance floor, other times fairly uniform in various shades of blue, or nearly pitch black.
"Day One" by artist Matthew Ritchie
One of the big challenges involved with the project photography was getting images to book publisher Rizzoli three months prior to the museum's completion so that the resulting two books would be ready for the opening. This meant shooting around a considerable amount of construction, which is something that I have faced many times since. After some stressful times, it was very gratifying to eventually see my images on the covers!
Prior to the buildings completion, I was also coordinating with graphic designer HIzam Design to provide imagery that would serve as the basis for an advertising campaign that could be found on buses, lightpole banners, bus shelters, in newspapers and magazines.
The Yud under construction.