Robert C. Lautman, Hon. AIA, died of pancreatic cancer in Washington, D.C., on October 20, 2009. He was fond of saying that his job was easy: all that an architectural photographer had to know was where to stand and what time to stand there. However, this throwaway remark about being in the right place at the right time glossed over a lifetime of intensive technical study and experimentation.

However, this throwaway remark about being in the right place at the right time glossed over a lifetime of intensive technical study and experimentation. Lautman was meticulous about choosing the right camera, lens, and film for a given situation, and equally careful in considering the way his negatives were developed and printed. His mastery of composition, light, and shadow made him the photographer of choice for Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA, and developer James Rouse. His work was published in Architectural Record and other magazines and books countless times.Architectural photographer Robert C. Lautman, Hon. AIA, died of pancreatic cancer in Washington, D.C., on October 20, 2009. He was fond of saying that his job was easy: all that an architectural photographer had to know was where to stand and what time to stand there.