Through stunning aerial and street photography, Iwan Baan pays tribute to one of Dutch modernism’s most influential urban designers.
The celebrated Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan (born 1975) has dedicated his career to capturing the stories told by buildings. This publication compiles his series on Willem Marinus Dudok (1884–1974), known as the father of Dutch modernism. Decades after their construction, Dudok’s designs remain keenly relevant for their exceptional spatial sensitivity. In this series, Baan expands his lens to encompass Dudok as a designer not only of singular buildings but of whole landscapes in which people are able to live, work and learn.
Through impressive aerial and street photography, Baan conveys the breadth of Dudok’s practice as an urban designer, focusing in particular on his ability to expand metropolitan neighborhoods in a way that felt entirely natural. Additional insight into Dudok’s craft and its lasting influence on contemporary European architecture is provided by architectural historian Lara Voerman.