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Iwan Baan, Society through the lens of architecture.
Known for his images portraying “the life and interactions that occur within architecture,” Iwan Baan work regularly appears in exhibitions around the world, as well as publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker. A former student of the Royal Academy of Art at the Hague, Iwan collaborates with renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as younger upcoming architecture talents and has even delivered talks on the function of architecture. His TED talk on informal settlements inspired much debate about the function and legitimacy of Sao Paulo’s favelas.
Iwan’s work will soon be featured in the “Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern World” at London’s Barbican. Exploring the relationship between photography and architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries, the exhibition reveals how documenting architecture acts as a kind of social commentary. Iwan has published several books, including Brasilia - Chandigarh: Living With Modernity, No More Play: Conversations on Urban Speculation and Insular Insight - Where Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature, focusing on the Japanese islands of Setouchi.