Fifth Facade

2015-2017, 210 x 150mm, 336 pages, 230 photographs, hardcover. Dom Publishers (Berlin)

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Denis Esakov thanks for posting these recent images of my project for Skolkovo School. Your drone images which are now being copied by many others set a bench mark in architectural photography. They reveal a new way of looking at architecture on the planet. The constructivist would be jumping for joy. It also revealed the authors hand and design intent in a powerful new way. Thank you for allow us to use it at the @garagemca show last year and allowing us access to them for my archive.

David Adjaye, architect, Adjaye Associates (London)

Denis Esakov’s work is not only a documentation of contemporary architecture thru the photographer’s eye.

Esakov tells a visual story of our built environment.

Dr. Philipp Meuser, architect and Publisher (Berlin)

It has to be admitted: human nature is such that our interest is most aroused by everything which is concealed from and not intended to be seen by the human eye. Curiosity has its roots in the distant past, as does the desire to soar above the familiar world and see it from a bird’s-eye viewpoint. 


Real and imaginary journeys, technologies, and art help us improve our knowledge of reality and extend the boundaries of vision. It is viewing angle which often brings to light entirely unexpected characteristics and qualities in familiar objects. For instance, the humanist poet Francesco Petrarca, whose observations regarding the world and man remain continue to be of value seven centuries later, left us
a detailed description of his mountain walks, from which it is clear that the marvellous panorama of the landscape and its environs which opened up to his gaze was not just a joy to behold or an inspiration for poetry, but a stimulus which set him thinking about the essence of things and made it possible for him to discover something in himself. 


In architectural photography the viewpoint and perspective chosen by the photographer are of fundamental importance. This collection of photographs by Denis Esakov, contains a survey of 70 iconic pieces of architecture built in Moscow over the last century. This album is the first photographic study of the Russian capital in which the photographer’s assistant has been a radio-controlled drone. Denis Esakov’s photos create a small story of three shots about each building. Two of these shots are taken from the air (showing the building’s layout and façade), while the third is from the ground. By manipulating the model of the building in your mind you can move from a flat image to a three-dimensional one.