TIM GRIFFITH: Architectural Photography: Building Relationships & Finding Visual Literacy

© Tim Griffith 2020


Orientation Sunday, May September 20th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, September 21st – Wednesday, September 23rd 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday, September 24th 9:00am – 11:00am

The practice of architectural photography continues to undergo rapid transformation across all aspects of the craft. Ongoing developments in technology greatly impact both the subject matter and the potential creative outcomes. These changes demand reassessing current client relationships in forging new opportunities for future creative and business growth.

One thing that hasn’t changed are the core values that make a successful architectural photograph. Whether pursuing imagery for art or commerce, identifying and responding to the inherent qualities within a building is the single most important skill for a photographer of architecture.

Recognizing and understanding these core values is what I call developing a Visual Literacy.

This workshop in less concerned with demonstrating “how to”, though we’ll do a bit of that through location shoots and group discussion. Our main goal will be to rigorously explore “why to” create any particular image. Like people, every structure, every space has a distinct character. Each has a story to tell. Some are poetic, some are political, some are simply practical.

I’ll show examples of some recent assignment and personal work, discussing both the aesthetic pursuit and the commercial realities associated with each. In addition to the shorter practical sessions, time will be spent evaluating and critiquing student images. The intent of these critiques is to provide students with a vocabulary and a set of critical tools for ongoing self evaluation and improvement of their craft.

We’ll also jump into topics affecting current architectural imagery including artificial intelligence, the impact of Instagram and the growing desire for video content.


NOTE: Because of the importance and relevance of getting different perspectives, members of this class will spend 1/2 day with instructor Scott Frances to discuss his process and do class critiques.

PRICE: $1960

Includes daily registration, transportation and a boxed lunch for the full workshop days. 



Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, September 24th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers. 

“Great workshop experience! Great Instructor!” -ELI

“The workshop was excellent. I learned a lot and got a lot of great feedback on my work. It helped me understand the areas where I need to improve and exactly how to make those improvements. One of the most helpful things was seeing lots of other people’s work being critiqued because that helped me learn what to look for in my own work. It was great to be able to meet and talk to other architectural photographers and to learn from one of the best. Tim was very generous with sharing his knowledge and experience with us. Through both his presentations and his student critiques, I really started to understand the details of how to put together an architectural photograph. Up to this point I had been working on instinct and feeling, but now I have a much better, more concrete understanding of what I’m doing (or supposed to be doing). Since attending the workshop, I feel my work has improved because I can hear Tim’s comments in my head as I’m working. He was very effective at communicating the core principles I need to be thinking about on each photograph.” – MICHAEL

“Brilliant. Excellent it has greatly improved my understanding of my chosen field of photography.” – TIM

“Intense instructor who taught us both his aesthetics, his working style, and software use. – One of the world’s top architectural photographers, what more can I say? Articulate, encouraging and accepting of opinions and other’s experiences.”- DON

“Great instructor overall, very knowledgeable and free with information. I thought the workshop was even better than expected!” – PAUL


Tim Griffith has been photographing architecture and design related images for over thirty years. Melbourne-born and currently based in San Francisco, Tim travels extensively on assignments in Asia, Europe and North America for a number of the world’s leading design firms, among them Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Ennead, WOHA and Denton Corker Marshall.

His inventive and graphic images are widely published in a diverse range of international design journals including Architectural RecordMetropolis and Wallpaper. A selection of images are included in several private and public art collections around the world. Recent projects include the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Lotte World Tower in Seoul and China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen. Recent projects in the United States include the Samsung Headquarters in Silicon Valley, Hyatt Regency Seattle, Cerner Innovations Campus in Kansas City and the NYU School of Nursing in New York.

Griffith’s honors and awards include four International Photography Awards for Architectural Photographer of the Year, several gold awards at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris and the prestigious European Architectural Photography Prize. In June 2012, Tim’s work was honored by his professional peers at the Australian Professional Photography Awards where he was named AIPP Architectural Photographer of the Year for a remarkable fourteenth time. In October 2018, Tim was awarded first prize for Architecture in the 2018 APA Awards in New York.