Photographies of Iwan Baan

In a project exclusively developed for Marta Herford the star of the young architectural photography scene invites the viewer to a one year lasting trip around the world.

52 Weeks, 52 Cities

Photographies by Iwan Baan

8 December 2013 – 30 March 2014, Marta Herford (Lippold Gallery, 1st floor)

In his project “52 Weeks, 52 Cities” developed exclusively for Marta Herford, Iwan Baan takes the viewer on a one-year photographic journey around the world – always on the lookout for ingenious homes in unexpected places and outstanding construction projects.

Iwan Baan was already represented at the Marta Herford in the exhibition “Richard Neutra in Europe” (2010) with several striking building pictures. In the meantime he is influencing “our image of architecture like no other” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and is working very successfully worldwide for architects including, for example, Rem Koolhas, Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito or Zaha Hadid. A characteristic of his pictorial language is the engagement with the close relationship between humans and architecture, between social use and the various spatial situations.

The exhibition features 52 photographs from last year accompanied by personally spoken commentaries by the photographer. These are sensitive encounters with everyday and extraordinary places all over the globe which Baan has put together to form an engaged commentary on human living and survival strategies. His documentation, for example, of a 45-storey, uncompleted skyscraper in Caracas occupied by around 750 families who are living “extra-legally” in a “vertical slum” has become one of his best known projects. Here and elsewhere the boundaries between architecture documentation and the interpretation of social living spaces become blurred.

Exhibition views

Text: Jörg Häntzschel
Format: 30 x 24 cm
136 pages
60 colour images
Language: English | German
Editor: MARTa Herford gGmbH
Publisher: Kehrer, Heidelberg
Price: 39,90 €
Exhibition supporter

Supported by Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Exhibition sponsor


With many thank to our Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners

Exhibition poster

Video: Exhibition trailer (German)