3. Iwan Baan

Location: Amsterdam

Dutch photographer Iwan Baan's name became somehwat of a household name after his photograph of a darkened Manhattan in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy made the cover of New York magazine. Despite his recent surge of fame, Baan has been receiving high acclaim for his work for a number of years. His photographs of architecture are swiveled towards windows, and the luminous windows of the buildings seem to emanate a light that transcends their photographic nature. Baan finds light that softens the harsh lines and industrial materials of modern architecture into a more amicable, welcoming space. In addition to international acclaim, Baan was also awarded the prestigious Julius Shulman Prize in 2010.