A Manifesto on Form

photographs Christian Kerez
written by Hans Frei


Before establishing his reputation as an architect, Christian Kerez was well known amongst architects as an architectural photographer. He did not abandon that line of work even after opening his own architectural office in 1993. One might interpret this as a precaution should his career as an architect fail to materialize or as occupational therapy to bridge the gap while waiting for commissions. But his photographic oeuvre cannot be detached so easily from his architectural projects.