Silver / 2018 / Advertising / Architecture

Dramatis personae II

  • Prize
    Silver in Advertising/Architecture
  • Company
    Sebastian Weiss Photography
  • Photographer
    Sebastian Weiss

"The city is the theatre of life" stated two experts in Urban Research, Ash Amin and Stephen Graham, in their joint publication "The Ordinary City" in the late 90s. I like this metaphor very much, as dramas, comedies or cliffhangers are performed on an urban stage every day, and we are all part of this public performance.I wondered why not expand this idea of a „public performance“ and consider the city itself as a theatre. So I intended to examine who are the protagonists on such a stage of the city.Thus I was looking for architectural "persons", whose roles are essential and formative for the play and whose absence would make the story different. It is not about good or bad characters, but actors, who embody their role authentically and memorably.

Sebastian is a Hamburg based architectural photographer and photo columnist at AD Architectural Digest Germany. He is passionate about concrete aesthetics, and urban shapes in all their detail have been an inspiration to him ever since. His work is also found in the annual edition "Best of Germany 2013" of Architectural Digest Germany as well as in AnOther Magazine, Dezeen, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Aesthetica Magazine, Creative Boom, Architizer, designboom, Fahrenheit Magazine etc. Website: Email: