Paul Clemence

New York, NY, Photographer/Author/Journalist

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Paul Clemence is an award-winning photographer and fine artist exploring the cross-sections of design, art and architecture. His exhibitions on the international fine arts’ circuit include a variety of styles, from classic black-and-white prints to cutting edge large-scale photography of urban installations. His work is included in both public and private collections around the world. A published author, he has a number of books to his credit, including Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, which remains the most complete photo documentation of the iconic modern residence since its publication in 2006. A selection of the photos contained within the book is included in the Mies van der Rohe Archives housed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Architizer says of the book documenting the only private residence designed by the lauded modernist, “Striking architectural details are captured.” This is a hallmark of Clemence’s work, as is an ability to capture emotionality with his lens.

Clemence’s latest book, Here/After: Structures in Time, a limited-edition run that he co-authored with journalist/author Robert Landon, reflects this fervor with greater strength than any of the books he’s published before. We interviewed the photographer for the Global Lighting blog just after he and Landon debuted the book at Art Basel Miami Beach, and he explained the arc of the narrative to us: “For me the visual thread of these images is how I see architecture—sometimes highly abstract, sometimes partial views, but always very expressive of the building, telling of those intangible ways architecture enters our subconscious. In this case, that the images also relate somehow to time was part of the filtering, whether they related to the more narrative or abstract and poetic part of Robert’s writing.”

As Clemence’s presence within the cultural milieu of New York City has exploded, he has turned his eye to journalism, penning architectural- and arts-related articles for a global audience in publications such as Aishti’s A magazine in Lebanon, Casa Vogue in Brazil, the worldwide architecture portal Archdaily and the Point of View blog for New York’s Metropolis magazine. These in-depth pieces are often accompanied by his photography. Clemence’s Facebook page, Architecture Photography, which he cleverly uses as a photography micro-blog, is a dynamic community with close to 500,000 followers worldwide at this writing. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. We were thrilled he agreed to be a Global Lighting tastemaker. He chose the Camouflage 800 pendant as his favorite amongst our offerings—designed by Front and manufactured in Sweden, it’s one of our most popular lighting fixtures.