Nic works closely with some of the world’s most respected architects, defining in photographs what makes their work unique.
Alvisi Kirimoto Architects
Bing Thom Architects (now Revery Architects)
Bjarke Ingels Group
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Henning Larsen Architects
Kimbell Art Museum
Lake | Flato
Olson Kundig Architects
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Wendell Burnette Architects
Whitney Museum of American Art
My work is driven by two primary objectives: first is the need to compose striking, dynamic one point perspectives of the spaces I shoot. These pure and careful compositions define the essence of space that make up the sections and elevations of the building. This methodology is also applied to create abstractions that capture a certain mystique within the space I am shooting.
Then, the rigour with which these photographs are composed is counterbalanced with what I consider to be the soulful element of the image. This element consists of the natural ballet of people occupying these spaces. It is the freeform theatre of life. captured at the decisive moment. This is where I find the true meaning of my work: enabling the symbiosis of architecture and people who inhabit it. It is a careful balancing act of composition
Nic has been an architectural photographer for over 20 years, and a passionate observer of light, architecture and the human condition his entire life.
His worked is grounded in the rigour of large format film photography that defined his earlier career. That rigour is combined with a truly progressive approach to the documentation of spaces with people. His work has a uniquely strong and distinct signature. It is informed by the traditions of architectural photography, the sensitivities of modern photojournalism, and a keen understanding of both architecture and the way people move within a space.
Using an arsenal of medium format photographic tools and lighting techniques, Nic relies primarily on in-camera approaches to documentation and less on postproduction digital manipulation.
Nic works closely with some of the world’s most respected architects, defining in photographs what makes their work unique. His work has been published regularly in every major architectural publication, and in hundreds of books. His work has also been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally.
His interests in social documentary work has resulted in several personal projects that bridge architecture and society. Some of these include:
The adobe architecture and people of the Dogon, Mali
Mazar-i-Shariff: An urban exploration of an Afghani City at the crossroads
Dystopia: Explorations in a marginal landscape of post-modernist America
Dystopia explorations of contrasts and contradictions in China
Modernism in Cuba 1950-1970
Nic is French Canadian in origin, and lives in Western North America with his wife and daughter.