Hélène Binet


For over twenty five years now, the Swiss-French photographer, Hélène Binet has offered her unique perspective to the work of internationally acclaimed architects across the globe, from Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind, to Peter Zumthor and Caruso St John.

Her work is characterized through the precise effects of light and shadow within the architectural space and her meticulous analogue processes. She shoots exclusively in analogue and refuses to shoot in digital. "I've never done anything professionally with digital. If something is a bit strange, a bit rough, you work with that." (from dezzen interview)

Binet is recognised not only as a leading international photographer, but also as one that has helped shape the contemporary architectural photography scene. But, above all, she is acknowledged for her unique way of capturing the journey of light through a building. It is this quote by Louis Kahn, Binet says, that expresses her work: "The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building".

© Hélène Binet | Zaha Hadid, Landesgartenschau - Lfone, Weil Am Rhein, 1999
© Hélène Binet | Zaha Hadid, Vitra Fire Station, Weil Am Rhein, 1993
© Hélène Binet | Zaha Hadid, Maxxi - Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, 2009
© Hélène Binet | Daniel Libeskind, Jewish Museum, Berlin, 1996/1998
© Hélène Binet | Daniel Libeskind, Jewish Museum, Berlin, 1996/1998
© Hélène Binet | Peter Zumthor, Kolumba Diocesan Museum, Cologne, 2008
© Hélène Binet | Peter Zumthor, Serpentine Pavilion, London, 2011
references: domus | wallpaper | phaidon | dezeen