Klaus Kinold – Architecture Photography at the Architekturmuseum der TU Munich





Architekturmuseum der TU München in
the Pinakothek der Moderne



Klaus Kinold – Architecture Photography
Exhibition : 12.03.> 31.05.2009


Klaus Kinold is one of the most famous, contemporary architecture photographers. He has documented the buildings of many major architects from Frank Lloyd Wright to Herzog & de Meuron and from Alvar Aalto to Frank O. Gehry. Several protagonists in the field of architecture chose him as their favourite photographer as they felt that he could best convey their work.


Klaus Kinold




Egon Eiermann | Administration- and training centre of Olivetti Germany, Frankfurt a. M., 1968-1972 |
Photo 1974
© KLAUS KINOLD


Kinold, born in 1939 in Essen, is a fully trained architect – and that is the key to appreciating his work. From his teacher, Egon Eiermann, he learnt how to analyse architectural problems in a clear and matter-of-fact way and to achieve a precision in design which he has transferred to his photographs. “I want to show architecture in its unadulterated form,” is his guiding principle. His photographs, in most cases commissions, are unflinchingly clear and objective records. He does not regard architecture as a stage for photographers to create dramatic perspectives or light effects; for him, architecture photography is an explanatory visual aid and documentary interpretation: observing, capturing, understanding, not altering. It is not the image that makes a statement but the architecture.

The exhibition on the occasion of Kinold’s seventieth birthday shows an exemplary selection of his work on architecture covering several decades.


Klaus Kinold




Walter Gropius | Bauhaus Dessau, Main staircase, 1925/26 | Photo 1988
© KLAUS KINOLD

Klaus Kinold




Louis I. Kahn | Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, USA, 1959-1965 | Photo 1998
© KLAUS KINOLD


An insight into Kinold’s creative style is given by a detailed documentation of one work each by Le Corbusier, Louis I. Kahn, Egon Eiermann and Herman Hertzberger. This is followed by a cross-section of the most important buildings photographed by him. Photos of trips and excursions with architecture students and fascinating panoramic pictures which virtually engulf the viewer, round off this overview of a photographer’s reception and working methods.

Klaus Kinold




Portrait of Klaus Kinold
PHOTO: JAN THORN-PRIKKER
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    © Architekturmuseum der TU München
    Images © KLAUS KINOLD




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