Adam Mørk
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ADAM MØRK – Compositions of light and abstract architecture

His perspectives are breath-taking. The view is like that of the earth from space: far removed, with no sense of up or down, yet focused on the centre. The location of the viewer, or the position of the camera, cannot be determined. We feel as if standing or floating in place, looking up or perhaps down, unwilling and unable to trust our sense of orientation.

Darting diagonal, horizontal, and vertical lines are captured in a gentle twist. The shots of Danish architect and architectural photographer Adam Mørk betray little of the building as a whole. This allows us to dive into each image and indulge ourselves, to follow their lines at will. New viewpoints and perspectives are continually appearing, and the number of different angles is almost endless. Yet we barely realise each image is of the same building, relying instead on the good faith of the artist that they are. We are in the Deloitte Headquarters in Copenhagen, where the stairwell is a light installation that continually changes into new, limitless variations. It has been photographed from outside and from inside, by day and by night, and from so many different angles one has the feeling the photographer has re-invented the scene through a dialogue with the architect and the light designer.

Adam Mørk’s photography takes him across the world and he is both highly regarded and frequently consulted by international architects, whether Scandinavians or Germans, Brits or Belgians. It is his influence that allows the buildings to appear as if floating, that creates the impression they are so at home in their locations. Mørk presents structures – office towers, opera halls, cinemas, post-modern villas, and housing blocks. He is always able to capture the nerve centre of the light, the axis of the architecture. This enables him to open buildings up to the viewer, identifying and revealing details that form both their micro- and macrocosms.

As if he had taken part in its construction, Mørk observes how a building’s frame has been coated with a cover of glass and concrete, how staircases have been positioned, how escalators reveal views of new floors. It is as if he has broken each of these elements up into split-second units and then carefully reassembled them for us: A magician of components and their whole. Mørk identifies the pieces of these puzzles and puts them back together quite deliberately, in his own didactic manner. The viewer can be grateful to him for this artistic revelation, and the architects, inhabitants, and guests of these buildings are challenged to discover new elements, ones previously unseen or even imagined. His is a special type of architectural photography – one far removed from the norm.

Christina Wendenburg
1997Final degree as architect at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark
1997-2002Architect at Dissing+Weitling
Since 2002Studio in Copenhagen and worldwide jobs as architecture-Photographer

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