Knapheide Manufacturing

Christner Architects
Quincy, Illinois
Corporate Photography

Documodern’s approach to architectural photography and design means that we always look for the simple expression and unexpected moments that highlight the skill of the architect as well as the client’s commitment to good design. This is what we mean when we say that a good photograph is knowing where to stand. With our background in architecture, we look to photograph not just the overall architectural event, but also the small but deliberate architectural details that stand out as something that the architect took great care in designing to celebrate the art of building — and for us, the art of architectural photography.

Along with “typical” exterior and interior photography, we are also sensitive to a building’s context in the urban and natural landscape, events and use of the building that highlight its function, the way that night photography can transform architecture into a beacon of transparency and light — and as said, the architectural detail that often makes a big difference. We get you and we got you. We know where to stand.

Knapheide is North America’s most popular manufacturer of work truck bodies and truck beds. For their headquarters and main production facility, Christner elevated a building type often overlooked to the level of high design architecture.

In terms of photography, It was important to capture the bold red entryway without having it dominate the architecture. Key for this was the position of the sun and shadows the signature elements cast. The feature image above took advantage of the reflectivity of the glass to compose a horizon line expressive of the landscape of the building’s rural midwestern setting. For other exterior photography, the overall architectural expression of the building in total in order to represent both the quiet, well-crafted utilitarian aspects, as well as the big ah-ha moment of the corner corporate offices component.