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1 Foreword > 1.1 What Is Architectural Photography? - Pg. 2

1.1 What Is Architectural Photography? The term "architectural photography" describes both the subject (architec- ture) and the means of capturing it (photography). The word "architecture" comes from the Greek "arkhitekton", which consists of roots meaning "chief" and "builder". Architecture is ubiquitous in our lives, and its primary function as shelter encompasses a great many functional uses. Architecture is practically a human's second skin. Le Corbusier once said, "Ar- chitecture is one of the most urgent needs of man, for the house has always been the indispensable and first tool that he has forged for himself." Architecture takes on an extremely broad range of forms, from simple, pri- meval huts, the ornate temples of antiquity, and the purely functional factories of the industrial revolution to today's urban landmarks of concrete and glass. Mankind without architecture would have remained anchored in the stone age, with few options of places to live, sleep, eat, work, trade, produce, with- draw, rest, administer, and educate. In many regions, climatic conditions would make life without architecture impossible. The word "photography" comes from the Greek "photos" and "graphé", which means "drawing with light", and describes a technical means of optically capturing the likeness of objects and making them palpable in places where they cannot normally be seen. Photography thus propagates images of build- ings into the wider world, enabling people to view them in a wide variety of circumstances - whether in newspapers, books, posters, the Internet, or in gal-