“Hélène Binet has emerged as one of the leading architectural photographers in the world. Every time Hélène Binet takes a photograph, she exposes architecture’s achievements, strength, pathos and fragility.” (Daniel Libeskind)


Hélène Binet was born in 1959 in Sorengo and is of both Swiss and French background. She currently lives in London with her husband Raoul Bunschoten and their two children, Izaak and Saskia. She studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Rome, where she grew up, and soon developed an interest in architetural photography.

Over a period of twenty-five years Hélène Binet has photographed both contemporary and historical architecture. Her list of clients include architects Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, Peter Zumthor and many others. While following the work of contemporary architects – often from construction through completion – Hélène Binet has also photographed the works of past architects as Alvar Aalto, Geoffrey Bawa, Le Corbusier, Sverre Fehn, John Hejduk, Sigurd Lewerentz, Andrea Palladio and Dimitris Pikionis. More recently, Hélène Binet has started to direct her attention to landscape photography, wherein she transposes key concerns of her architectural photography. Hélène Binet’s work has been published in a wide range of books, and is shown in both national and international exhibitions.

Hélène Binet is an advocate of analogue photography and therefore she exclusively works with film.


Awards & Fellowships

2019

Ada Louise Huxtable Prize

2018

‘Hundred Heroines’ by The Royal Photographic Society

2015

Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography award

2008

Award for Architecture ‘For the best work by a first-time exhibitor in the Royal Academy Summer Show 2008’ Royal Academy of Arts. London

2007

Honorary Fellowship Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). London

2003

Digital Elements Award 2003 Olympus Europe Foundation Science for Life. Hamburg

Solo Exhibitions

2018

‘A Coin in Nine Hands - part one: Hélène Binet (Nicholas Hawksmoor)’, Large Glass Gallery, London

2017

‘Helene Binet: Transitions’, Solo Galerie, Paris

‘Helene Binet: John Hejduk Works’, Cooper Union, New York

2016

Victor Jones: Infrastructural Etiquette, Kappe Library Gallery, SCI-Arc, Los Angeles

Dialogues – Fotografien von Hélène Binet, Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau

2015

Hélène Binet - Fragments of Light, Julius Shulman Institute, Los Angeles

Hélène Binet - Landscape, amman//gallery, Cologne

Dialoge - Fotografien von Hélène Binet, Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin

Hélène Binet Dialoghi, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland

2014

Hélène Binet looking at historic architecture, ammann//gallery, Cologne

2013

Hélène Binet – Recent Work, ammann//gallery, Cologne

Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings, Somerset House, London

2012

Lights Passing Hélène Binet Photographs ROM Gallery. Oslo

Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings 13th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Venice

Hélène Binet 'Landscape and Architecture' Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery. Köln

Encounters with Cities Graduate School of Design Harvard University. Cambridge

2011

Hélène Binet ‘selected works’ Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery. Köln

2010

Forming | Portrait – Architecture of Zaha Hadid Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery. Köln

2009

Photographs of the work of Peter Zumthor Gabrielle Ammann // Gallery. Köln

2007

Berlin Projects Arkitekturmuseet. Stockholm

Heaven and Earth Galleria Manzoni. Bergamo

Hélène Binet: Photographic Works 1986-2007 Architectural Association. London

2002

The Black Square International Center for Contemporary Art / New Gallery. Bucharest

Cornerstone – Selected Retrospective of Architectural Photographs Shine Gallery / Michael Hoppen Gallery. London

1999

Peter Zumthor: Works Arkitekturmuseet. Stockholm

Waterwall London Institute, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London

1998

House of Culture: Alvar Aalto Heinz Gallery, Royal Institute of British Architects. London

Carre Portatif La Fondation de l’Architecture et de L’Ingenierie. Luxembourg

Peter Zumthor Museum d’art Grischun. Grischun

Surfaces: Architectural Photographs by Hélène Binet Columbia University. New York

1996

Texture and Light Building Centre. London

1995

Hélène Binet: Architecture Photography Berlage Institute. Amsterdam

1990

Relatives: Complete Works of John Hejduk Fragnera Gallery. Prague

1989

Hélène Binet Arup Associates. London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Zaha Hadid Gallery / NYC Pop Up, in collaboration with ammann // gallery, 520 West, New York

2017

Hélène Binet, Essay on Dimitris Pikionis, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

Group Exhibition: ‘L’ombre de l’angle’, CAUE92, Paris.

2014

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, Barbican Centre, London

Underground – The Spectacle of the Invisible, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich

2013

Building Images. Photography focusing on Swiss Architecture, S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, Basel

Ansichtssache – 150 Jahre Architekturfotografie in Graubünden, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Amt für Kultur, Chur

2011

Architektur + Fotografie Architektur Galerie Berlin. Berlin

2010

Reading Landscape Architectural Association. London

2004

Metamorphoses (9th Biennale of Architecture). Venice

Geoffrey Bawa Deutsches Architektur Museum. Frankfurt am Main

Paysages en Poèsie Association Regards du Monde. Chateau d’Oex

2002

The Secret of the Shadow – Light and Shadow in Architecture (exhibition co-curated) Deutsches Architektur Museum. Frankfurt/Main

2000

Alvar Aalto’s North Jutland Art Museum Aalborg Museum. Aalborg

Inscriptions: Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind Enkehuset Gallery. Stockholm

1999

Tomorrow Forever – Photographie als Ruine Kunstalle Krems. Krems

Tomorrow Forever – Photographie in der Küppersmühle Museum Küppersmühle Sammlung Grothe. Duisburg

1997

Other Soundings: Selected Works by John Hejduk Canadian Centre for Architecture. Montréal

1995

Stadt in Latenz Architectural Forum. Linz

1992

Machines d’Architecture: John Hejduk Cartier Fondation. Paris

1991

Site Works Photographers’ Gallery. London

1989

Pikionis Architectural Association. London

Pikionis Venice Biennale, Greek Pavilion. Venice

Lectures

2012

Lights Passing Hélène Binet Photographs The National Museum - Architecture. Oslo

Hélène Binet. Composing Space Graduate School of Design Harvard University. Cambridge

2011

Hélène Binet. Opere Scelte 1988-2011 Università della Svizzera italiana, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio

2010

Hélène Binet. The Flatness of Depths Ecole d’Architecture de Paris Belleville. Paris

Iconic burn Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Karlruhe

International Seminar: On surface, Public Space and Architectural Images in Debate. Porto

2009

Architektur Forum Ostschweiz. St. Gallen

2008

Architectural Photography in Focus. Architectural Association. London

(Untitled) London Metropolitan University, School of Architecture and Spatial Design. London

(Untitled) Frau + Net, Schweizerischer Ingenieur- und Architektenverein. Zürich

2006

Camera/Constructs University of East London. London

Positionen HTWK. Leipzig

Selected Publications

2016

Kashef Chowdhury, The Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, Bangladesh, Park Books

2015

Nicholas Hawksmoor, London Churches, Lars Müller, Publishers, Baden/Switzerland

2014

Peter Zumthor 1985 - 2013, Scheidegger & Spiess Publisher, Zurich

2008

Scenarios, Manifesta 7, Silvana Editoriale, Milano

2007

Therme Vals, Scheidegger & Spiess Publisher, Zurich

2004

Zaha Hadid, Tram Station, Strasbourg, France

Zaha Hadid - Space for Art, Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, Lars Müller Publishers, Baden/Switzerland

2002

Hélène Binet: 7 Projects, book for the exhibition, Shine Gallery, London

Wiel Arets Monograph, Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona

2000

Architecture of Zaha Hadid in Photographes by Hélène Binet, introduction by: Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen). Lars Müller Publishers, Baden/Switzerland

1999

The House of the Book Black Dog Publishing Limited. London

Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum Fonden til udgivelse af Arkitekturtidsskrift B. Copenhagen

Jewish Museum Berlin Verlag der Kunst. Dresden

1998

Peter Zumthor Works Lars Müller Publishers. Baden/Switzerland

Alvar Aalto. Kultuuritalo / House of Culture Helsinki, Finnish Building Centre / Rakennustieto Oy. Helsinki

Metaspaces Black Dog Publishing Limited. London

1996

The Inns of Court Black Dog Publishing Limited. London

1995

Security. A Work by John Hejduk The Oslo School of Architecture / Aventura Forlag. Oslo

1989

Dimitris Pikionis 1887-1968. A Sentimental Topography The Architectural Association. London

Sigurd Lewerentz 1885-1975. The Dilemma of Classicism The Architectural Association. London

Monographs

2015

Quarantotto pagine, forty eight pages, book on exhibition, Mendrisio Academy Press, Mendrisio, Switzerland

2012

Composing Space Phaidon. London / New York

2007

Hélène Binet. Heaven and Earth Magnolia Edizioni. Bergamo

2002

Hélène Binet / 7 Projects Shine Gallery. London

1997

A Passage through Silence and Light. Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin Black Dog Publishing Limited. London