ZAHA: An Architectural Legacy

For the last few months I've been working with Laura Mark and The Architects' Journal to produce a half hour documentary on Zaha Hadid. We visited four of her key works to try and tell the story of her architectural life, from her time at The AA, to her first permanent built project at Vitra, her Stirling Prize winning MAXXI, being catapulted into the public eye with the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and finally, one of her last projects, the Winton Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum.

In the film, we had the privilege of interviewing some incredible people such as Eva Jiricna, Christine Murray, Hanif Kara, Patrik Schumacher, Ricky Burdett, Giovanna Melandri and Nigel Coates.

You can with the finish film on The AJ's Youtube channel, HERE (I'd recommend clicking 1080p on the settings cog to get the best quality).

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The Chapel at MIT by Eero Saarinen

Earlier this month I went over to Boston, Massachusetts to scout some locations for an upcoming shoot. Whenever I have to go abroad for things like this, I like to try to put aside a day and arrange in advance to visit and photograph a work of architecture, just for fun (well, it's fun to me). Boston has an embarrassment of great architecture, but I decided to go and visit Eero Saarinen's chapel at MIT. I was not disappointed.

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Space Invaders: Exhibition in Brighton

This June I'm working with RIBA Sussex on an exhibition of my work at the Jubilee Library in Brighton. The theme is 'Space Invaders'.

Curated by RIBA Sussex chair and director at Conran & Partners, Paul Zara, and arts curator and writer Cara Courage, my images have been paired with those of some guest photographers to investigate the way in which people use (and misuse) architecture and the built environment; architecture as the backdrop to life. The guest photographers include John Maclean, Andy Spain, Anita Barrett, Darren O'Brien, Paul Russell, Rob Gifford, Heidi Kuisma and Sahil Lodha. The printing of the exhibition is kindly sponsored by Spectrum.

The exhibition will run from Monday 13th June to Sunday 26th June, with a Private View opening on Wednesday 15th. If you'd like to come to the Private View, please email Paul Zara on paul.zara@conran.com

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The Stirling Prize, 2015

I was commissioned by The Architect's Journal to produce a series of short films on each of the 6 nominees for the RIBA Stirling Prize. This year was one of the most interesting shortlists I'd seen for a while - less of a focus on the 'iconic' and more on craft and details. It was also incredibly diverse, with a Maggie's Centre for those dealing with cancer sitting alongside a school, social housing alongside a museum and gallery, private housing and university buildings.

I travelled to Lanarkshire, Manchester as well as across London to document the projects and meet the architects and the users of the buildings. Two things linked this diverse list; the first was the attention to detail, all these projects are truly crafted. The second was that no-one wanted to pick a winner!

Still, a huge congratulations to AHMM, Morag Myerscough and Burntwood School on winning the Stirling Prize, 2015, for a wonderful collection of buildings that display a huge range of architectural skill. Here's all six videos I created, plus some stills I shot on site too...

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The Jam: About The Young Idea

I was born in 1981, when The Jam were at their peak. They broke up in 1982, so obviously I don't remember them at the time, but their impact was huge. So many of the bands I was getting in to in my teens were very very obviously influenced by Weller's lyrics and the band's sound, and songs like 'That's Entertainment', 'Start' and 'Going Underground' were mainstays in Brighton's indie discos.

So when Anthony Burrill called to see if I'd be up for doing stills and video of Somerset House's new exhibition on The Jam he'd been working on with Simon Jones Studio and Teo Connor, my response was of course a cool and collected "I'll check my calendar" and definitely not a shouted "HELL YES!!!"

Scroll on for more stills and video from The Jam: About The Young Idea...


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