Alan Karchmer began photographing while in architecture school. “Everything about photography came naturally, while I struggled with design,” he says. Little more than a year into his architectural practice, he shot the Stafford House in New Orleans (PDF) by Errol Barron/Michael Toups Architecture, which was published in Record Houses in 1980. His work has been featured in the architectural press worldwide—including our pages—ever since. In celebration of Karchmer’s planned donation of his archive to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the museum is mounting the exhibition Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer. Here are some of our favorites from the collection.

Editor's Note: The show, which was originally planned to open on March 13, 2020, and run through March 21, 2021, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Gallery Talk: Alan Karchmer commentary on photographs featured in the show.