Which is Better, Natural or Artificial Light?
You’ve heard of Frank Lloyd Wright, but have you heard of Ezra Stoller? A few years ago, NPR ran a story on Stoller with the headline The Photographer Who Made Architects Famous. You’ve probably seen some of his iconic images, including black and white interiors of the Guggenheim Museum, Seagram Building, and T.W.A. Terminal. Stoller was famously unpretentious. He once said, “I’m not interested in art photography. I’m interested in architecture as it is, to look at and enjoy.” Still, he was a master with a singular command of light.
The Guardian’s Christopher Reed, in his 2004 obituary for the photographer, wrote about Stoller’s habit of visiting the buildings he photographed at various points during the day, with the sole intention of watching the light. The New York Times echoed this sentiment, reporting that the photographer was “Famous for his ability to capture a building in just the right light.”
We wanted to know how contemporary photographers deal with light, so we asked a selection of ten Shutterstock photographers to tell us how they shoot interiors. Do they only use natural light, or do they add something artificial to illuminate they space? It would seem the jury’s still out.
- “Follow the light, try to catch it and use it.”
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