Architectural Book Features Russ Widstrand’s Photographs

Russ Widstrand's photographs of Barton Myers Toro Canyon house.

Russ Widstrand's photographs of Barton Myers Toro Canyon house.

Russ Widstrand's client, Barton Myers Architect, will be included in a new book titled "Architecture: The Whole Story". Widstrand's architectural photography illustrates the spread on Myers' Toro Canyon House in Montecito, CA. The book will be available on Sept. 25, 2014 via Amazon and bookstores around the world. The publisher, Prestel, had this to say about the new book...

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"This latest addition to the Whole Story series offers an encyclopedic and lavishly illustrated survey of architecture throughout human history. Sweeping in reach and exhaustive in detail, Architecture: The Whole Story is an indispensible reference for anyone interested in the evolution of our built environment. Ranging chronologically from the Neolithic period to the sustainability movement of today, it looks at hundreds of examples of structures, their designers, and their contextual significance."

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The original shoot was commissioned by Santa Barbara Magazine and the photography has since been used by many of the leading architectural publications worldwide, as well as another book titled "3 Steel Houses" that features more of Widstrand's photography on the Toro Canyon Project.

Barton Myers had this to say about Widstrand's architectural photography...

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Barton and Vickie Myers in their "fireproof" house, Montecito, CA

"I am looking at your pictures, they're extrordinary, they are really fantastic, there are so many good ones I do not know how we are going to choose. I wanted to let you know how pleased I am and how beautiful they are. Thank you."    Barton Myers-Architect

Myers' innovative design addresses the high fire danger in the Santa Barbara area, the BMA website had this to say about the design...

"An 'elegant warehouse' in the tradition of Eames and Barton Myers' early houses, Toro Canyon deploys a series of innovative strategies to protect against wild fire while remaining open to its site, with spectacular canyon and ocean views.

To protect against fire, the pavilion roofs comprise a recirculating pool system, transforming the structures into a series of terraced reflecting ponds. Cascading from one pool to another, the water serves as for fire resistance and insulation, while the sight and sound of the water mimics the adjacent canyon creek. Coiled steel shutters protect every opening, providing additional insulation and sun control."

Please feel free to contact Russ Widstrand for architectural photography commissions on the west coast.  503.459.7020

For a more conceptual exploration of photography, view Widstrand's new book "Conversations"


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