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Photographing the architecture of the High Line in New York City

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As you may know, we’re going back to New York City this fall for a 4-day workshop. One of the areas we’ll explore and photograph is the High Line, that elevated railway line now transformed into a park. A lot of new buildings have been built around the High Line and it’s a who’s who of starchitects: Frank Gehry, BIG, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, and more!

We’ll start at the north end with the brand new Hudson Yards neighborhood. We couldn’t shoot it last year but since it opened just last month, so we’ll definitely stop by the Vessel (Heatherwick Studio), a massive staircase sculpture and the Shed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), an event space with great architecture.

Then, we’ll hop on the High Line and walk south. Our first stop will be 515 W 29th St (SCDA Architects). The wavy fins of the facade are great to shoot, offering beautiful lines and patterns.

Just south of it is 520 W 28th St (Zaha Hadid) and its dystopian architecture. It’s not easy to shoot, but the metal facade provides some interesting textures and patterns.

A few blocks further, we’ll stop by 245 10th Ave (Bernheimer Architecture & Goshow Architects) to photograph the geometric metallic facade.

Right after, High Line 23 (Neil M. Denari Architects) will be our next stop. The metal and glass facade offers some interesting curves for details.

Then we’ll step off the High Line for two interesting buildings next to each other: 100 11th Ave by Jean Nouvel (left) and the IAC Building by Frank Gehry (right).

100 11th Ave is definitely harder to shoot but it has great patterns and you can get under the entrance canopy to shoot up.

The curves of the IAC buildings are great and the frosted glass has some great reflections at ground level.

You can also include the other building in the background for added contrast. Both facades look quite different depending on the weather and can have a variety of tones.

We’ll then get back to the High Line to walk a few more blocks to our last stop: Solar Carve (Studio Gang). It’s a new addition to the High Line, so we didn’t photograph it last year. After spending the day exploring the High-Line, we’ll end the day at the Flatiron to photograph it at blue hour.


The High Line is an incredible space in itself, and now it’s surrounded by world-class architecture. It’s perfect for an afternoon photowalk and you’ll be sure to get some great images! If you’re in the area, we also recommend a stop at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Be sure to check out our New York workshop, as we’ll explore many more fantastic locations like these.

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