/ 2021 / Architecture / Buildings
Conveying Space captures the atmospheric qualities of architecture and emphasises the interaction between structure and natural light. Holfeld’s photographs help us to rediscover fleeting moments of visual access, manifested in tightly cropped details. Through careful positioning and calculated framing, Holfeld illuminates the subtleties and nuances in architecture, while exploring the profession beyond its commercial appeal. Choosing to work under cloudless skies and high sun sets the intention for Holfeld’s practice while having a transformative effect on the architecture.
Born in Dublin (1984), Daniel Holfeld grew up in Ireland and graduated with a BA [Hons] degree in photography from Dublin’s Institute of Technology in 2008. After graduation he was nominated in the New York Photo Festival within the best emerging photographer category. From 2016 onwards Holfeld spent two years documenting Arabic architecture across Morocco, for which he received an honourable mention from the International Photography Awards in 2019. 2020 has seen him launch three solo exhibitions in the RIAI (Dublin), RIBA (London) and University College Dublin.
Awards From 2016 onwards Holfeld spent two years documenting Arabic architecture across Morocco, which he debuted in 2018, when luxury department store Brown Thomas, owned by businessman & philanthropist Galen Weston of the Selfridges group, invited him to exhibit his work in their Dublin flagship store.
For his work, Holfeld received an honourable mention from the International Photography Awards in 2019 and was hand selected by Saatchi curators to exhibit in London’s The Other Art Fair in 2018.
Earlier in 2020 Holfeld debuted his new series The Space Between in the Royal Institute of Architecture of Ireland and later returned to London to show the series in the Royal Institute of British Architects. This new work marks a development of his practice to incorporate colour and modernist architecture. The exhibition of photographs taken across Spain and Portugal draw their inspiration from the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
Currently Holfeld has launched his recent exhibition Conveying Space at University College Dublin. For this work Holfeld was commissioned by UCD to respond and interpret the iconic architecture found on campus to commemorate Belfield 50. The show includes 19 new images, which are displayed until December in an outdoor exhibition found on campus between the Tierney and Newman Buildings.
2020, Conveying Space, University College Dublin
2020, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Space Between, London
2020, The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, The Space Between, Dublin
Royal Institute of British Architects Permanent Collection
Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce Permanent Collection
2020, International Photography Awards, Abstract Architecture, Win
2019, International Photography Awards, Honourable Mention.
2020, University College Dublin, Dublin