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Josh Kuchinsky Photography, Residential and commercial architectural photography for architects, interior designers, and building specialists. Boston, Massachusetts architectural photographer for hospitality, marketing, and retail industries.
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Happy Birthday Walter Gropius!

In honor of the birthday of Walter Gropius, I wanted to revisit a great project I photographed for New England Home Magazine and pay tribute to one of the worlds most famous architects and founder of the Bauhaus Movement.   Being a fan of innovative architecture and design, it was quite an honor and privilege to photograph the Gropius Home. Volumes have been written about the house and with good reason.  It is one of the most historical and uniquely distinct architectural homes ever constructed.   However, not much has been written on photographing the house itself and this is where I’d like to include my impressions. Photographically speaking the house welcomes the camera.  The large open windows allow for ample light, always a key ingredient when photographing interiors.  The house’s dimensions are modest, which makes physically moving about the space easy, but photographing in small spaces can present it’s own challenges.  It also has a very intimate and livable quality to it, which makes one think that living there must have been quite a treat.   As an architectural photographer, it’s important to capture the design and feel of the space as it appears naturally.  You don’t want to exaggerate the size of the space...

The Class of 59′ Chapel, Cambridge, MA

It's amazing what architectural treasures lie right beneath your eyes, if one only ventures to look. As part of my continuing personal work on photographing places of worship, I am always on the lookout for unique and interesting architectural structures that fit the bill. A few years back it was the MIT Chapel, see my blog post here. This past spring it was The Class of 59' Chapel on the Harvard University campus.  You'd think I would have stumbled on this one earlier, but it took a wrong turn looking for a tennis court that led me to this most recent find. ...

To Draw or Not to Draw, that is the question.

When I’m photographing interiors, a question that often comes up is, “should we open the shades or keep them closed?” Or variations on this theme. At first, this may seem like an simple question, however, each scenario can have drastically different effects. My general feelings on this are that drawn shades focus the viewer's attention to the details of the room, whereas open shades allow for a more open feel when viewing the photograph. Not to say that in this instance you ignore the interior, but with the window shades open, your eyes scan the interior and then have a place to “escape”. And obviously, open shades are a must if there is a outside view worth capturing....

Activating Spaces with People

Space activation refers to using people as props in a photograph to simulate active usage within the space. The inclusion of people helps define the functionality of a space by highlighting the intended usage. This becomes an important element in telling a story by showing how people function within a space and by highlighting important design elements within that space....

The MIT Chapel, Cambridge, MA

I’ve visited the grounds multiple times in an effort to capture the simplistic beauty of this Eero Saarinen designed church, and to see beyond the boundaries of the architecture and design, to break free of the confines and ultimately create images that reveal the palpable tranquility experienced within. ...

Kitchen Photography

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune of photographing many beautiful kitchens. Kitchens are often the focal point of a home and one of the top rooms people splurge on for remodeling. When shooting kitchens I think it’s important to show a variety of views. This helps the viewer see the space from different angles. Whenever possible, I like to capture one or two overall shots and then include some tighter shots highlighting important design elements. Below are two examples from projects I photographed for Mid-Continent Cabinetry....

Behind the Scenes at a Design Firm

Over the last four months I have worked as the in-house photographer for SMMA, a multidisciplinary design firm. It has been an amazing opportunity to collaborate with design professionals of all types including architects, interior designers, landscape architects, civil engineers, project managers and marketing managers. The talent and creativity around the office is inspiring. Working alongside the teams at SMMA has given me valuable insight into just how much collaboration it takes to bring large-scale corporate projects to life....