Hélène Binet

‘With a detail I’m going to tell you one thing about the building - a crack in a wall, the way a stair is made - so that you enter, you perceive, you feel it and you take it with you.’ 

born 1959 in Sorengo, Switzerland, Lives and works in London

Hélène Binet studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Rome. Over the past 30 years, she has travelled the world to photograph historic and contemporary buildings, as well as projects in the making. Considered ‘the architect’s photographer’ by many, Binet has worked closely with Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Peter Zumthor, as well as the works of past architects Alvar Aalto, Geoffrey Bawa, Le Corbusier, John Hejduk, Sigurd Lewerentz and Dimitris Pikionis.

Binet is the recipient of the 2019 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, awarded to a woman who has made a major contribution to architecture, and is one of the Royal Photographic Society’s Hundred Heroines. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007.

selected exhibitions:
Salone del Mobile Milano, Milan, IT (solo, 2023); Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (solo, 2021/22). Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN (solo, 2019). Barbican Center, London, UK (group); Bauhaus Archive, Berlin, DE (solo, 2015). 13th International Architecture Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT (group, 2012). Manifesta 7, Trentino, IT (group, 2008).


British Journal of Photography, Interview: ‘Limitations are stimulation for creativity’, Marigold Warner, 29 October 2019

esse.ca, ‘Hélène Binet, Time After Time, Large Glass, London’, Emily LaBarge, 4 November 2019