35 Examples Of Beautiful City Photography

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More people across the world are living in cities than ever before. Cities are both places of historical significance and the engines of the world’s economy. They’re also home to some of the greatest treasures and buildings that mankind has created. Cities are wonderful subjects for photography. They offer a variety of subjects suitable for both straight and HDR photography, including architectural, street and night photography. The structure, angles and texture you get with architectural photography make it unique and very engaging.

From the energy of Cairo to the canals of Venice, Smashing Magazine celebrates the diversity of the world’s cities by presenting you 35 beautiful city photos. Be sure to check out the portfolios of the talented photographers whose work you see here. We’ve also included some useful links at the bottom of the article.

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35 Beautiful City Photos

KoRaYeM4

Beautiful City Photo5
Cairo, Egypt

miguelyn6

Beautiful City Photo7
Rapanui, Chile

Gaston Batistini8

Beautiful City Photo9
Paris, France

Joan Leong10

Beautiful City Photo11
Singapore

Portiman12

Beautiful City Photo13
Rome, Italy

szeke14

Beautiful City Photo15
Machu Picchu, Peru

Thomas Ebenhan3416
Beautiful City Photo17
Lisbon, Portugal

Foureyes18

architectural photography19
Badalin, China

David Giral20

Beautiful City Photo21
Bastide du Village de Monpazier, Périgord, Dordogne, France

Serijo_r22

Beautiful City Photo23
Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Juanma Alvarez24

Beautiful City Photo25
Valencia, Spain

Ævar Guðmundsson26

Beautiful City Photo27
Reykjavik, Iceland

Giuseppe Finocchiaro28

Beautiful City Photo29
Oia, Greece

Alex Marlowski30

Beautiful City Photo31
Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem

Svensson32

architectural photography33
Paris, France

Thomas Ebenhan3416

Beautiful City Photo35
Berlin, Germany

Franco Farina5436

Beautiful City Photo37
Barcelona, Spain

Colin Allan38

Beautiful City Photo39
Carrbridge, UK

Katarina Stefanovic40

Beautiful City Photo41
London, UK

Joaquim Granell 42

Beautiful City Photo43
Pisa, Italy

Razu Ryza44

Beautiful City Photo45
Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Eric Toriel46

Beautiful City Photo47
Marrakech, Morocco

Ben Visbeek48

Beautiful City Photo49
Zugspitze, Germany / Austria

Joep Roosen6850

Beautiful City Photo51
New York City, US

Andrea Kamal52

Beautiful City Photo53
Hamburg, Germany

Franco Farina5436

Beautiful City Photo55
Barcelona, Spain

Andrey Permitin56

Beautiful City Photo57

Beautiful City Photo58

Beautiful City Photo59
Moscow, Russia

Ruben Seabra60
Beautiful City Photo61
Madrid, Spain

David Rocaberti62

Beautiful City Photo63
Tokyo, Japan

Jasbir Singh64

Beautiful City Photo65
The Great Mosque, Makkah, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Sean Mantey66

Beautiful City Photo67
Newcastle, UK

Joep Roosen6850

Beautiful City Photo69
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Joanot70

Beautiful City Photo71
Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt

butterflyscream72

architectural photography73
Pisa, Italy

Istvan Kadar74

Beautiful City Photo75
Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali

André Luiz Martins76

Beautiful City Photo77
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fulvio Pellegrini78

Beautiful City Photo79
New York City, United States

Last Click

Mark Bowman80

Beautiful City Photo81
Lilla Torget (Little Square) Malmo, Sweden

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/14/the-beauty-of-street-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/people/korayem/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/korayem/1803230025/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/people/miguelyn/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguelyn/2432433988/
  8. 8 http://www.gbatistini.com/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbatistini/3012579547/
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/valska/2331739349/
  11. 11 http://flickr.com/photos/valska/2331739349/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/people/portiman/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/portiman/2701959944/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/people/pedrosz/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosz/2115782565/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom26ger/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom26ger/2215805241/in/set-72157603664243930/
  18. 18 http://foureyes.deviantart.com/
  19. 19 http://foureyes.deviantart.com/art/old-earth-32315018
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/people/thepretender/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepretender/521368215/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/people/serjio/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/serjio/2145079381/sizes/o/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/people/kamuro/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamuro/3030877635/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/people/aevar/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aevar/389225228/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/people/giuseppefinocchiaro/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/giuseppefinocchiaro/2717719834/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/people/marlows/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marlows/128371375/
  32. 32 http://svensson.deviantart.com/
  33. 33 http://svensson.deviantart.com/art/Timeline-93871609
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom26ger/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom26ger/2693249450/
  36. 36 http://1x.com/member/6294/franco-farina/
  37. 37 http://1x.com/photos/member/6294/15510/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/people/colinallanphotography/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinallanphotography/2511852244/in/photostream/
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/people/jup3nep/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/jup3nep/3073867111/
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  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/people/razuryza/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/razuryza/2110780374/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/people/31054642@N00/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/31054642@N00/472615965/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/people/visbeek/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/visbeek/1196748752/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/people/joeproosen/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeproosen/2674753832/
  52. 52 http://flickr.com/people/andrea_kamal/
  53. 53 http://flickr.com/photos/andrea_kamal/2222739920/
  54. 54 http://1x.com/member/6294/franco-farina/
  55. 55 http://1x.com/photos/member/6294/15280/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/people/eltsdi/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eltsdi/2464065374/in/set-72157604338467286/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eltsdi/2605042866/in/set-72157604338467286/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eltsdi/2971003356/in/set-72157604338467286/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/people/atrium09/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atrium09/304253618/
  62. 62 http://www.telefonica.net/web2/davidrocaberti/index%20english.htm
  63. 63 http://1x.com/photos/member/8384/18715/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/people/me_the_wanderer/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinx786/2407019069/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/people/manteys/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/manteys/2381693525/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/people/joeproosen/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/joeproosen/2868563944/in/set-72157603558533650/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/people/joanot/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atrium09/304253618/
  72. 72 http://butterflyscream.deviantart.com/
  73. 73 http://butterflyscream.deviantart.com/art/Somewhere-in-Italy-59809048
  74. 74 http://photos.istvandesign.com
  75. 75 http://photos.istvandesign.com/p346970166/h1001a8aa#h1001a8aa
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/people/almartins/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/almartins/464460550/
  78. 78 http://fulvio.onexposure.net/
  79. 79 http://1x.com/photos/member/3257/18934/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/people/mark_bowman/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_bowman/3125051628/
  82. 82 http://www.wired.com/culture/art/news/2008/07/submissions_cities
  83. 83 http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Architecture-a-beginners-guide
  84. 84 http://www.universetoday.com/guide-to-space/earth/pictures-of-earth-from-space-cities/
  85. 85 http://www.picturecorrect.com/photographytips/architectural_landscape_photography_history_tips.htm
  86. 86 http://mic-ro.com/metro/metroart.html
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/groups/flickrfavoritecityandstreet/
  88. 88 http://www.spoonfeddesign.com/architectural-photography-inspiration
  89. 89 http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/
  90. 90 http://designm.ag

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  1. 1

    Abdulmalik Althari

    February 22, 2009 9:44 pm

    It’s so cool pictures specially The Great Mosque in Makkah
    thanks a lot

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  2. 102

    nice pics i have ever seen.

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  3. 203

    Nice shoots

    2
  4. 304

    Noor Badshah Yusafzai

    April 6, 2009 11:49 pm

    Exilant Picture. espacialy Haram e Makkah & Haram e Aqdas. From Noor Badshah Yusafzai of Khunda, Swabi, Pakistan

    1
  5. 405

    “Haram Al Sharif”? Why don’t you call the site by its real (and original) name – Temple Mount?

    2
  6. 506

    Very nice pictures! What I would also like to see is pictures of standard city houses made in some sort of special way.

    2
  7. 607

    The oldest city of the world is Damascus, but we did not find a single photo.

    3
  8. 708

    all pics are excellent, EXCEPT a few with HDR. Those idiotic pictures with artificial colors, artificial skies and clouds look not real with a really bad bad bad taste and esthetics.
    This is not photography, but digital manipulation, has nothing to do with photography – all photoshopping.
    Enough of this crap!.. Arc of Triumph with million of stupid clouds….????…come on, be real.

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  9. 809

    yes Mark, #109, agree, people are fed with lies from our own regular media. You know the saying…repeat a lie 100 times and it becomes truth.
    About the oldest city, Damascus is one. But Jericho and Hebron also.
    Also Damascus wasn’t a city until 3000bc

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  10. 910

    Simply amazing pictures. Most i love is “Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia”, because I like the blue.

    1
  11. 1011

    Wow, these were awesome and inspiring!

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  12. 1112

    HAZIR ALI ATTARI

    July 17, 2009 5:19 am

    execellent selection.

    3
  13. 1213

    HAZIR ALI ATTARI

    July 17, 2009 5:23 am

    Execellent selection but all of u are missing the most beautiful place on earth, MADINA UL MUNAWARA, KSA.

    2
  14. 1314

    Oh my God. These photos are wonderful. I’m sure there are plenty of cities that have been missed but those that are there make one wonder. The world is beautiful

    2
  15. 1415

    I love Rio de Janeiro, Brazil………anyone inviting me for a visit to Rio?

    2
  16. 1516

    Unas fotos fantásticas, da gusto verlas, además los retoques les han quedado geniales….. ¡que envidia!, en fin a seguir aprendiendo.

    Felicidades por la colección.

    2
  17. 1617

    GREAAAAAAAAAAAT!! LOVE THEM!

    3
  18. 1819

    A great, great, great, photos

    3
  19. 1920

    I wolud like to watch the original RAW’s files

    2
  20. 2021

    good photo

    1
  21. 2122

    impresionante, me encantan vuestras fotos… espectacular.

    2
  22. 2223

    i love ur pics its so amazing …. the view is so beautiful ….. i really ur pics
    keep workin … amazing …………….ohhhhhhhhhhhhhwwwwwwwww……
    i i i really like it …
    i wanna go in that place .. i wanna be like u someday ..

    2
  23. 2324

    So much beautiful collection in series.
    Really appriciate to all ….

    2
  24. 2425

    wow wow wow wow

    2
  25. 2526

    jubiratan garcia da santana

    December 24, 2009 6:45 am

    PAZ DO CODEIRO SANTO DE DEUS. GOSTEI IMAGEM BELISSIMAS, GOSTAREI DE RECEBER NOVOS IMAGEM. DEUS O ABENCOE QUEM FEZ ESTE SITE. FELIZ ANO NOVO CHEIO DE PROSPERIDADE

    2
  26. 2627

    Its amazing and nice pictures ,,, beautiful work. . . . .. Awsome

    2
  27. 2728

    wow great work!!!! : 0 what awesome pictures…..

    1
  28. 2829

    wow…… Its amazing and nice pictures.

    2
  29. 2930

    spain madrid city very beautıful

    2
  30. 3031

    Very very beautiful as well as amazing……………..!!!

    2
  31. 3132

    thanks,very good
    i ‘m architect .there are Very very beautiful .

    2
  32. 3233

    mesmerizing shots.

    2
  33. 3334

    I have amazing photos about Rio (Brazil) in my flickr!
    flickr.com/thiiix

    this is not a duplicate comment, I just sent back to correct my email is wrong

    Thank you.

    2
  34. 3435

    Amazing pics…
    I like it…

    2
  35. 3536

    PHOTOSHOP A FULL EH!!!! THATS NOT FARE!!!
    WHAT LL BE YOU WITHOUT PHOTOSHOP???

    2
  36. 3637

    Stunning work- I love the London shot and the 2 New York ones. I work as a City Photographer and love the images you can capture in London. Grant

    1
  37. 3738

    wonderfull i have no any word gd vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv gd

    1
  38. 3839

    super this is fantastic wonderful wow this is the world beautiful picture

    1
  39. 3940

    these are great photos and its got just great things and you just captured the very beauty of the photo

    1
  40. 4041

    I felt that I have visited the beautiful place around the world.
    thanks from Cairo

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    Muhammad Nadeem

    July 16, 2012 7:44 am

    All Pictures are very nice

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  42. 4243

    sahin H kite ahmed

    April 30, 2013 8:50 pm

    like on all place right it awesome imagination picture

    0
  43. 4344

    Breathtaking pictures. Love them ! What is your advise to beginner photographers on taking good pictures ( fairly good nothing like yours for sure)!

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  44. 4445

    The Temple in Bali is a beautiful shot. Its actually Heavenly :)

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