Vulcania Museum, St. Ours les Roches, France, by Hans Holbein
For a man whose career kicked-off taking industrial and corporate photographs from a small studio in Zurich, it's a veritable understatement to say Raymond Meier has come a long way. The Swiss-born photographer, now based in New York, is one of the most sought-after names in his field, shooting editorial and advertising for titles and brands of global renown including W*102's cover shoot in the dramatic Gio Ponti-designed house near Vicenza. The task of combining fashion, interiors and art in each shot would have sent many a photographer running to the hills but Meier jumped at the opportunity and the results speak for themselves.
Click here to see our selection of pictures from his architecture portfolio.
Unusually for a photographer of Raymond Meier's level, he's as comfortable, not to mention skilled, at shooting fashion as he is architecture. And it's in celebration of this ambidextrous skill that we've compiled some of our favourite pictures from his architecture portfolio, lest you think his Gio Ponti masterpiece of fashion, interiors and art in W*102 is all he can handle. In addition Meier took time out from his holiday to answer a few home truths about his daily working habits.
And continuing the architecture theme, we've got an exclusive profile of Meier's first book, Louis Khan Dhaka, which you can see and read more about here.
What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?
What to cook for dinner.
What do you wear to work?
Jeans and T-shirt usually.
What do you have for breakfast?
Coffee and Swiss muesli but on special days an English muffin with honey.
Do you read a newspaper/watch television/click online?
I go to nzz.ch and the New York Times online.
How do you get to work?
I'm very lucky, I just walk two blocks.
What time do you first check your inbox?
Some days its first thing in the morning, other days not at all.
Where are your desk and chair from?
I've just got a custom-made desk but I sit on an Eames Aluminum Management chair.
If you could save only one item from your studio what would it be?
My ALPA camera.
Do you listen to music whilst you work? If so, what are you listening to at the moment?
Kruder Dorf Meister.
Summarise in three words your work ethos?
Good, fast and precise.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That I'm not good enough, fast enough and precise enough.
Is there any single person that particularly inspires you?
Anyone who does outstanding work that reflects their personality.
Where do you feel most inspired?
Usually at night when I can't sleep, I have my most interesting ideas.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The sum of all the details of my work.
How do you switch off?
I play with my kids and have a glass of wine.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Before I wanted to be a photographer, I wanted to be an astronaut.
What excites you/terrifies you on a daily basis?
Phone calls from Europe.
Would you like to be your own assistant?
Is there anything about retirement you look forward to?
Taking some really good pictures, cooking food and becoming the world's greatest architect.
If you could choose to come back as person or thing, who or what would it be?
Max (my son) and I go back and forth between either eagles or transformers but we really want to be sure we are the same.