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Architecture in Black and White: Nicholas Alan Cope


Maryland-born, Los Angeles-based photographer and artist Nicholas Alan Cope has worked for everyone from Christian Dior to the Wall Street Journal, covering a wide spectrum of clients with a singular, focused aesthetic. Whether it’s his architecture photography, portraiture, or still life images, Cope always imbues his images with something a bit beautifully grim.

Working in predominately black and white for his architecture and landscape photography, Cope places emphasis on shadow and line. The result is a series of strong, futuristic images that complement the physical design of each building. The high contrast bleaches and deepens the light and shadows towards opposite ends of the spectrum.

His color work, alternatively, flourishes with excess and detail. Even still, whether in red or blue or pink or gold, the images are far from jubilant. His still life images—featuring uncooked ribs, rotting flora, old forgotten books—take on a grotesque quality, like something you would find in an abandoned city after the apocalypse. Even when operating within more classical constructs, there is always a wink and a nod, something momentarily beautiful in destruction and decay, a complementary juxtaposition to the harsh sterility of his architectural work.


Images courtesy of Nicholas Alan Cope.