Building Facade Photos Will Fool You into Thinking They’re Abstract Paintings

At first glance, it's hard to know what you're looking at in these photographs by Roland Fischer. Are they abstract paintings? Optical illusions? They're neither. Instead, the Munich- and Beijing-based photographer has captured the beauty of building exteriors in his series called Facades. The project, which began 15 years ago, highlights the bold coloring and patterning of structures in major metropolitan areas including Tokyo, Melbourne, and Atlanta. His strong compositions have a nice visual rhythm and are pleasing to view.

Fischer photographs a relatively small section of each building. What's incredible about this is that, as a whole, these different places don't seem to have a distinct look to give away their location. “I noticed all these new buildings mushrooming everywhere, giving the impression that they could as well be from any other major town in the world,” Fischer told Slate. “I thought that this was a new urban visual experience, a consequence naturally of the then still new process of globalization.” The places vary in use, too. Fischer depicts banks, corporate headquarters, museums, and even high schools.

The photographer's work on Facades has recently been made into a book released by Hirmer Publishers. It contains 100 of these stunning sights from all around the globe.

Above: Museum, Munich

Black Forest

High school, Utrecht

nab, Melbourne

Dong Sanhuan, Beijing

Metropolitan Plaza, Chongqing

Odaiba, Tokyo

Bank of America, Atlanta

Eldorado, Brasilia

Cicil Street, Singapore

Kitamagome, Tokyo

Lenbachhaus, Munich

Roland Fischer website
via [Slate]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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