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Lara Swimmer shoots on assignment for architecture and design firms around the globe. With a background in documentary film, her approach to architectural photography starts with what she considers the "found object," which are real moments or scenes in the life of a room, a space, streetscape, or a building. Then working with natural ambient and available architectural light to interpret the scene, she works on instinct and emotion, to depict the space as she experiences it. By incorporating human or animal figures, the images become imbued with a sense of life, movement, scale, and humanity. 

Her work has been featured in publications including Architect, Architectural Record, The New York Times, Dwell, Gray, Wallpaper*, LUXE, Metropolis, Residential Architect, Seattle Magazine, and Texas Architect, among others. Lara’s images have been included in national and international exhibits, as well as appeared in numerous architecture and design books. She has also contributed to and authored over five books with publisher Documentary Media, most notably, PROCESS: Seattle Central Library, INSPIRED: Churches of Seattle, and in the works, READING ROOM, New and Reimagined Libraries of the American South and West. 

Sponsored by the Embassy of the UAE in the US, Lara was invited by the Meridian International Center to participate in an architecture delegation to the UAE in 2019. She was included in ArchDaily’s international list of ‘12 Women in Architecture Photography’ in 2018 and was made an honorary member of the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2005. 

A Los Angeles native who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Lara is currently based in Seattle. She was a student of film theory and media at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School in Philadelphia, and at the Sorbonne's Center for Film and Critical Studies in Paris. Lara holds degrees in both Film & Media Studies and French Literature.

SELECTED CLIENTS

Architecture / Design

A&E Design        atelierjones                          Building Works
Graham Baba Architects
Heliotrope Architects
Hacker                          Hewitt                             HGA                                Holst                                
Integrus
Lake Flato                          Lever
LMN Architects
Miller Hull Partnership Mithun
MSR Design
NBBJ                    
Olson Kundig      Perkins+Will                          Schemata                        Shed                              Signal R+D
SKB Architects                    Skylab Susan Marinello Interiors    Studios   
Weinstein AU        Workshop AD                        ZGF

Arts

4 Culture
Documentary Books
MoPOP
MOHAI
Seattle Art Museum            San Francisco MoMA
Seattle Symphony                    Traver Gallery

Build|Develop

Blanton Turner              Dovetail                              Gerdin Edlin | Green Cities
Krekow Jennings
Lease Crutcher Lewis            LEICHT USA 
MKA
Schultz Miller                  Sellen
YS Built
Vulcan

 

EXHIBITIONS

ALL EXHIBITIONS

UNION STABLES DOCUMENTATION

2015 - present - Permanant Installation at the historic Union Stables building

BEYOND THE ASSIGNMENT

2013 – at Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery & Julius Shulman Institute

CARTASONONIC

2012 – Jack Straw Productions,
Seattle

LA VILLE FERTILE

2011 – Cite d’Architecture et Patrimoine, Paris

SPIRIT OF FLIGHT

2009 – Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport & Museum of Flight, Seattle

PALOUSE PROJECT

2008 – Suyama 3x10 Showroom, Seattle

TOPOGRAPHIES IN BUILT + NATURAL LANDSCAPES

2008 – University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow

URBAN

2007 – The Alexis Hotel, Seattle

THE METROPOLIS VIEW: 25 Years Through the Lens

2006 – Art Director’s Club Chelsea, New York

INNOVATIONS & RENEWAL: SEATTLE & BERLIN

2001 – ATL Phillips Campus Bothell, Solo Exhibition

THE GEHRY EXPERIENCE

2000 – Experience Music Project, Seattle

HENRY BASH, juried art invitational

1998 – Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (Through 2007)

THE MAKING OF BENAROYA HALL

1998 – Benaroya Hall Information Center, Seattle

KEY ARENA

1997 – AIA Seattle, Solo Exhibition

COCA ANNUAL

1996 – Center On Contemporary Art, Seattle

WORKS IN METAL

1996 – AIA, Seattle

JOURNEYS TO THE EAST

1994 – Lead Gallery, Seattle, Solo Exhibition

CONSTRUCTIONS AND DECONSTRUCTIONS IN THE EAST

1994 – Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, Solo Exhibition

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