A Career Spent Capturing Architecture's Greats

The subject of his first career retrospective, noted architectural photographer Pedro E. Guerrero describes his work, lessons learned, and his inspirations, in an interview with Alexandra Lange.
April 11, 2012, 2pm PDT | Alesia Hsiao
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Lange speaks with Guerrero, now 94, on his career in retrospect including his reasons for going to art school, how he learned his craft, and most notably, his relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright.

As to his initial approach to photographing architecture, Guerrero says, "Seeing Mr. Wright's work in the desert, I decided I would approach it like sculpture. I started photographing Taliesin West as sculpture. What happened - and this may sound arrogant - was I had a great sense of composition. I say that I have a direct line between my shutter finger and my brain. My brain tells me when I see something and I should take one. That's my technique."

Other architects' work Guerrero deems noteworthy are Eero Saarinen's ice skating rink at Yale University and his I.B.M building in Yorktown Heights.

Currently, Woodbury Hollywood Gallery in Los Angeles is exhibiting Guerrero's work, including a series of 12 images of Frank Lloyd Wright's hands demonstrating the difference between organic and conventional architecture. The show runs until April 25, 2012.

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Published on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in The New York Times
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