#iseeDC2020: Architecture, Equity, and the Pandemic

Alan Karchmer Photo © Chris Flynn

Alan Karchmer
Architectural Photographer

Alan Karchmer has been photographing notable buildings in Washington, DC, across the U.S., and around the world for the last forty years. A retrospective exhibition, Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer, will be on view at the reopening of the National Building Museum where his professional archive is a promised gift. His book, Château La Coste: Art and Architecture in Provence, has just been published by Merrell.

Juror Point of View

There was such an abundance of good photographs in this year’s submittals that it was a challenge to arrive at a final selection of fifty. Nearly all showed some relation to the specified subject matter and ranged from broad overviews to tightly composed abstractions. Some offered insightful observations of human activity and expression, and others of an environment at a particular place and time.

The very best had all of these qualities along with balanced and engaging composition. The review process was thoroughly enjoyable. I thought there was good chemistry and interaction between myself and Francesca, all well moderated by Scott. We each brought insights to help the other appreciate qualities we found in different images.

—Alan Karchmer

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