New Exhibition. Revisited: Habitat 67

James is to present a series of large-scale colour photographs in a new exhibition in London, UK, at the end the month. The photographs explore Montreal’s Habitat 67, the residential complex designed by architect Moshe Safdie for the World Exposition of 1967.

The exhibition is taking place at the studios of Jonathan Tuckey Design. It marks the launch of a new season of Building on the Built, a lecture series hosted by the practice examining ideas around architecture and existing buildings.

A private view is to be held on Wednesday 31st January from 6.30pm. If you are interested in attending please send a reply to

James will also be giving an introductory talk the following week, presenting his work and wider thoughts on photography and architecture today.






On Photography and architecture

James has written an article about contemporary photography and architecture for a special issue of ARQ, a quarterly magazine distributed to the members of the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in Canada. Entitled Specificity within Constraints: Photography and Architecture Today, the piece takes a critical look at the current state of commissioned architectural photography and considers how we might photograph architecture with more relevance and authenticity. A series of large-format prints featured in the article are also to be shown in an accompanying exhibition at the School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal. The exhibition brings together the work of six photographers currently working in Quebec. The opening night takes place on Thursday 16th November in the Macdonald-Harrington building at McGill, from 5.30pm.


New exhibition



James is showing 3 large-format diptychs at a forthcoming exhibition in Canada about architectural photography.

The exhibition is to be held at The School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal. The show marks the launch of issue 181 of ARQ magazine, for which James has written an essay about photography and architecture today.


New commission: Brookfield Place

Dialog has commissioned James to photograph Brookfield Place, their newly completed tower in Calgary, Alberta. James spent 4 days making images of the exterior, including a series of views from various rooftops in the city.

At 56 storeys, Brookfield Place is Calgary's new tallest skyscraper. It has an office complex, restaurants and public plaza and is situated in the heart of downtown Calgary.


Stepping Stone House

Just completed a summer shoot with Hamish & Lyons at their award-winning Stepping Stone House, in Hurley, UK. This second visit was to capture the amazing new landscaping at the house.


new commission: Stantec, Winnipeg

Stantec's Winnipeg studio has commissioned photography of four projects in the city, including this one - their newly completed copper-clad Alloway Hall for the Museum of Manitoba.

New commission: La Foire Papier, Montréal

Just completed a new collaboration with Montreal's Architecturama, photographing their wonderful installation at this year's fine art festival La Foire Papier.

New publication: Cover shot

Happy to share today's cover shot for Canadian Architect Magazine. Shows Enough House at Shobac, Nova Scotia. Shot for Canada's brilliant Brian MacKay-Lyons. 

New Book

Happy to share news of a new book featuring my photography to be published next month in the US. The New Old House presents 18 private historic homes, from North America to Europe, and traces the ingenious ways architects have revitalized and refreshed them. The publishers commissioned me to re-photograph Collage House in London, one of the earliest projects I shot for Jonathan Tuckey Design.

New commission: Lake House


Wonderful few autumn days near Henley in the UK photographing Lake House for Hamish and Lyons.

New commission: Canon Canada

Thrilled to have collaborated with Toronto based Moriyama and Teshima Architects on their beautifully designed new headquarters for Canon in Canada.

New publication: Cover shot

Many thanks to Decor Homme for a beautiful cover spread of photographs from Pelleitier de Fontenay's La Residence Cartier, published in this month's magazine! 

New commission: Lac St-Victor

A sneak peak from a recent collaboration with Montreal's Alain Carle. This one is a new family home he's designed, located in the Laurentian mountains. More news to come.

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New commission: Montreal airport

Montreal's award winning Pelletier de Fontenay has commissioned a series 0f photographs to record their sculptural signage built for Montreal's main city airport. More images to be found at their website 

#pelletierdefontenay #montrealarchitecture #canadianarchitecture #jamesbrittainphotogaphs 

New book: New Bodleian - making the Weston Library

Super excited to unwrap this new book today just published by Oxford University on the New Bodleian Library, for which I shot the cover and principal photography. Now called the Weston Library, the building's designed by the UK's multi-award winning Wilkinson Eyre Architects. It's been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize - winner to be announced on October 6th.

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