Hélène Binet's Composing Space

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February 7, 2013
If photography is painting with light, few make better canvases of buildings than Hélène Binet. The photographer has been documenting the world's most important structures for 25 years, and in late January, Phaidon released the limited edition book Composing Space: The Photographs of Hélène Binet. Not so much photographic accounts of a building, a Binet photo is far more interested in the play of light, the cant of an angle, the overlooked work that architecture does. Click through the slideshow to see how her elegant takes on Zumthor and Le Corbusier reveal how the great reaching details of these great designs actually function. From speckles of light to the cobbles on a street, Binet finds a kind of hidden exultant geometry everywhere she points her lens.
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  The cover of Binet's book is a shot taken at Peter Zumthor's Kolumba Diocesan Museum in Cologne, Germany.  Photo by: Hélène Binet
    The cover of Binet's book is a shot taken at Peter Zumthor's Kolumba Diocesan Museum in Cologne, Germany.

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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  Le Corbusier, St. Pierre Church, Firminy, France  Photo by: Hélène Binet
    Le Corbusier, St. Pierre Church, Firminy, France

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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  Peter Zumthor, Brother Klaus Chapel, Mechernich, Germany  Photo by: Hélène Binet
    Peter Zumthor, Brother Klaus Chapel, Mechernich, Germany

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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  Peter Zumthor, Brother Klaus Chapel, Mechernich, Germany  Photo by: Hélène Binet
    Peter Zumthor, Brother Klaus Chapel, Mechernich, Germany

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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  Dimitris Pikionis, Landscaping around the Acropolis, Athens, Greece  Photo by: Hélène Binet
    Dimitris Pikionis, Landscaping around the Acropolis, Athens, Greece

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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  Le Corbusier's Monastery of Sainte-Marie de La Tourette in Eveux, France  Photo by: Hélène Binet
    Le Corbusier's Monastery of Sainte-Marie de La Tourette in Eveux, France

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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  Le Corbusier's Monastery of Sainte-Marie de La Tourette in Eveux, France  Photo by: Hélène Binet
    Le Corbusier's Monastery of Sainte-Marie de La Tourette in Eveux, France

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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