This project, published in collaboration with Daytonian in Manhattan author Tom Miller, aims to capture rigorous, highly detailed images of Manhattan façades, focusing on the less prominent buildings which make Manhattan a fascinating place. By tracing the buildings’ origins back to their social contexts, we can explain why and how they came to be.
On a technical level the images show geometrically correct façades achieved by converting multiple frames partial spherical panoramas into world-leveled rectilinear projections. This technique was developed in order to compensate for the short shooting distance typical of city streets which yields severely converging lines and poor resolution due to the amount of digital deformation necessary to compensate for the camera tilt. High dynamic range imaging is also used to capture the wide range of luminosity values found in the urban scenery and tone mapped to even out the differences.
The result is very high resolution, meticulous representations of buildings, which allow for an undisturbed and global appreciation of their designs.
Tom Miller from the original blog now has a book available. Highly recommended if you’re into New York City architecture history!