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Vanishing Rest Stops

Architectural photographer Ryann Ford is looking to document the architectural and cultural significance of America's vanishing rest stops by transforming her photo series of these landmarks into a book. "The Last Stop" Kickstarter campaign, which ends on December 16, aims to make this happen. Near Post, Texas – U.S. 84 – by Ryann Ford For the past five years, Ryann Ford has traveled the country to document America's rest stops. Some of her film photographs were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Texas Architect magazine. Last month, Ford launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to publish a book based on the photo series. "The Last Stop:…

The Rise of Video as a Tool for Documenting Architecture: An Interview with Frazer|Pogue Collective

When did you introduce video into your portfolio? We began looking for different ways to capture architecture on film in 2008. At that time, video hadn’t been developed as a tool for marketing architecture. It required a large crew and expensive equipment and was too costly for small firms. With the advent of using digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) to capture high definition (HD) video with architectural lenses, we saw an opening to create high-quality videos using a relatively inexpensive and unique format, which could help us better tell the story of an architectural project.  Ultimately, as architectural photographers, our…

The Border

For more than a decade, Sambunaris has spent three to seven months a year traveling the United States with her five-by-seven wooden field camera and sheets of color negative film. Her most recent trek has taken her from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, Calif., and back, crossing the border at particular points along the way. Sambunaris’ focus is on the intersection of geology, politics, and culture; she looks intently at the landscape, collecting maps, geology books, and reference material along with mineral specimens, journals, and road logs throughout her journey. The photos capture buildings and landscapes as she finds them. Sambunaris…

Ryann Ford’s Rest Stops

In her series “Rest Stops: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside,” Austin-based architectural photographer Ryann Ford documents rest areas along highways across the Southwest. Drawn to the simplicity of the structures set within stark landscapes, Ford selects sites featuring small covered picnic tables. The effort is timely, as many of these structures are quickly disappearing.  Ford asserts that the rest stops offer unique designs specific to the geography and culture of each location. Using old maps and Google Streetview as her primary research tools, Ford identifies locations to shoot over the course of a week-long road trip. As roadsides become…

Behind the Lens with Richard Payne, FAIA

An icon and indisputably the dean of architectural photographers in Texas, Richard Payne, FAIA, has been a registered architect since 1964 and a full-time architectural photographer for almost 45 years. Payne has been commissioned to photograph work by renowned architects such as Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Charles Gwathmey, and Ricardo Bofill and has worked all over the world — Spain, France, Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and across North America. But he has also kept himself deeply rooted in Texas with five beautiful portfolio books to his credit that focus solely on the architecture of his home state. He…