Tim Rawle is an English architectural photographer and writer, best known for his photographs and books on Cambridge, England. After studying art and design at St Martin’s School of Art and the Central School of Art & Design in London, he went on to read architecture at Downing College, Cambridge, later continuing his post-graduate education at the Architectural Association where he was Caldicott Scholar. He then worked as a junior architect for a few years before changing to a career in publishing.
Tim is based in Cambridge and Oxford, and is a Fellow Commoner of Downing College. He has written several books, including CAMBRIDGE Architecture (“This is an astonishingly comprehensive book… a unique and valuable record”, The Daily Telegraph); CAMBRIDGE (“the best introduction to Cambridge ever published”, CAM, the University magazine; “It takes a book like this to remind us that there are places in Britain to rival any city in the world for architectural splendour… the photographs are stunning”, The Sunday Telegraph); and A CLASSICAL ADVENTURE: The Architectural History of Downing College Cambridge (“a well-researched architectural history with exceptional photographs”, The Georgian magazine). Since his student days at Cambridge, Tim has had an on-going love affair with Oxford as, like so many artists, writers and poets over the centuries, he too has been drawn to “the other place” by its extraordinary architecture and ambience. Many years of photography and research will soon culminate in a major new book on this beautiful architectural gem, entitled OXFORD ARCHITECTURE: The Architects, Artists and Craftsmen who Shaped the City (see THE OXFORD PORTFOLIO: BOOKS in the menu bar for more information). Tim’s work on this long-term project has recently caught the attention of the European Cultural Centre, which has granted an open invitation to exhibit at the Venice Biennale to showcase his Oxford photographs.
Apart from his ever-expanding Cambridge and Oxford portfolios (see menu bar), Tim also works freelance for architects, publishers, academic institutions and individual corporate clients on a variety of projects. His work for architects ranges from new-build through to historical and restoration projects, and for publishers he has worked widely covering all aspects of photography, graphic design and print production. As a photographer his passions are architecture, landscape and people; as a writer he is fascinated by English and European architectural history; and as a graphic designer his interests are in illustrated book design and typography. He has designed and produced major publications for such organisations as The National Portrait Gallery and several leading international publishers.
Tim’s work as an arts photographer is also available in a variety of mediums and formats. His Cambridge and Oxford portfolios illustrated here, show image galleries and examples of print outputs ranging from limited edition fine art Giclée prints, single and multi-panel canvas compositions, through to stunning large scale ‘wallpaper’ printing that can dramatically cover and transform extensive internal spaces, particularly impressive for corporate promotion.