35 Examples Of Beautiful City Photography


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


Beautiful City Photo5
Cairo, Egypt


Beautiful City Photo7
Rapanui, Chile

Gaston Batistini8

Beautiful City Photo9
Paris, France

Joan Leong10

Beautiful City Photo11


Beautiful City Photo13
Rome, Italy


Beautiful City Photo15
Machu Picchu, Peru

Thomas Ebenhan3416
Beautiful City Photo17
Lisbon, Portugal


architectural photography19
Badalin, China

David Giral20

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


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


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


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


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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  1. 1

    oops.. wrong link… here’s the right one: http://flickr.com/photos/danielcheong/2888296660/

  2. 52

    Thanks for the great collection and the Haram al-Sharif Mosque in Palestine.

  3. 103

    ridiculously awesome!

    i can’t wait until my photography gets there.

  4. 154

    Great Selection and truly fab shots!! My favs in flickr just got a big update!!!! Sad my Rome shot still didn’t make there, but who knows… …maybe in City Photography 2.0 I’ll do it!!?? ^_^

  5. 205

    excelente galeria.

  6. 256

    wonderful !!!!!
    loved the Marrakech alley pic !! but it still need some extra effects !!!!!

  7. 307

    @Spongebob : you shouldn’t have started the Antisemitisme issue here @ Smashing Mag !! there is CNN.com ; BBC.com …..soo mlany forums where you can start this discusssion ; BUT NOT @ SM !!
    as a loyal visitor i felt very offenced by your comment ! and the 6 mill “BURNED” jewish by NAZIS , is not a joy in your hands , so you can use it whenever you want ! and to take someone else’s land , and TO BURN 1305 VICITM WITH A BRAND NEW WEAPON CALLED THE WHITE PHOSPHORUS BOMBS , its a new technology of makin’ easy and fast HOLOCUSTS !!

    anyways.. the title should’ve been “Al Qu’uds – Palestine” ( because Jerusalem is an intruding word)

  8. 358

    pourquoi ne pas avoir indiqué ISRAËL a coté de JÉRUSALEM ???
    la capitale d’Israël est Jérusalem et Jérusalem est situe en Israël…. comme tout le monde le sait.
    en oubliant de mettre Israël a cote de Jérusalem et en montrant uniquement une mosquée pour représenter Jérusalem, on joue le jeu des musulmans, qui souhaitent prendre la terre des juifs pour en faire une terre musulmane. c’est le souhait des turcs, des iraniens, des pakistanais, des algériens… des peuples qui n’ont rien en commun si ce n’est une foi commune, l’islam, et le souhait de détruire les juifs et ISRAËL.

  9. 409

    les musulmans sont des voleurs, c’est bien connus. ils ont construits leur mosquée a l’emplacement du lieu le plus saint des juifs, Le Temple de Jérusalem détruit par les romains. il faudrait déplacer (détruire ?) cette mosquée et reconstruire le Temple juif dont il ne reste que le mur occidental (mur des lamentations). Bientôt avec l’aide de Dieu.
    a bon entendeur……

  10. 460

    I have been to Egypt. Its really beautiful city. Overall a masterpiece post.

  11. 511

    Amazing photos!!!

    But where is something from Prague, Czech Republic?!

  12. 562

    great and kool photo’s

  13. 613

    Its Smashing!!

  14. 664

    Great pics, but I cretainly don’t think labelling them as “City” pictures is very accurate.

    And by the way, Jerusalem is in Israel, as everyone knows.

  15. 715

    Beautyful photos!

  16. 766

    Wish Tajmahal was one of it

  17. 817

    how could we introduce beautiful IRAN?

  18. 868

    The photo of Pisa is fantastic !!!!!

  19. 919

    Jerusalem is in Israel, why didn’t you write it down? All other photos have the country near the city name….

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    Il love this one

  21. 1021

    Awsome list!!!

    A friend of mine does some amazing city photography HERE

  22. 1072

    I think every photographer should spend some time shooting black and white exclusively. Then they might learn the importance of drawing the eye to the subject (assuming there is one) rather than distracting them with supersaturated colors.

    I know this is the style-de-jure but come on, CSI Miami snaps get really old really fast. A few were quite good though.

  23. 1123

    what about Japan pictures!!?

  24. 1174

    Moscow rules, thanks Andrey

  25. 1225

    beautiful photos

  26. 1276

    nice pictures

  27. 1327

    Some beautiful photos here, thanks!

  28. 1378

    I live in Rio. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the best!

  29. 1429

    I specially like the Bali and Sweden shot….. this is a good one SM, as always !

  30. 1480

    I like Istanbul shots, but can’t find it here:P

    by the way: all of them are great!

  31. 1531

    I think the photos are of a great quality, however that are not very original and just send us back to the touristic pattern! I have lived in almost all of those cities, I cant send you some pictures of me and my friends where you can really appreciatte the life of each city! I am a really city citizen addict!! By the way the Lisbon pic is wonderful, it was the most passionate and intense city I have ever lived, it brought me wonderful toughts!

  32. 1582

    where is istanbul?

  33. 1633

    Very Beautiful!!!

  34. 1684

    Uluwati, Bali is one part of beautiful Indonesia. Find more there…Thanks..

  35. 1735

    its great..................pk

    February 10, 2009 7:58 pm

    its greate

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    The pictures are amazing and the scenery is breathtaking. I love Cairo, Egypt, it is beautiful. Good job!

  38. 1888

    Beautyful machupicchu ¡¡

  39. 1939

    Simply Awesome!!!

  40. 1990

    Awesome post!
    City photography is great…

    I maintain this website just with cool photos from my city, Salvador (Brazil´s first capital city)

  41. 2041

    wonderful , outstanding and mind blowing collection.

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  43. 2143

    very nice and amazing photography-thanks for web

  44. 2194

    Great pictures. Especially love the Egypt one the best.

    On the whole Jerusalem being in Israel fiasco, kudos to Smashing Magazine for not only being politically correct but also historically accurate. Jerusalem does not belong to either state, Palestine or Israel, but is an international city. Israel has been trying to claim it entirely for itself, also the reason that they have shifted their capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and expelled a number of Arabs from regions of Jerusalem. I don’t want to start a political debate here but what I said has been thoroughly documented. In any case the name should be left there as it is without giving into either side on terms of neutrality.

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    February 17, 2009 5:31 am

    Yes no any dout A very beautiful n stunning photography. Egypt one is best,

  46. 2296

    amazing. Specialy Barcelona, Spain and Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

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    i am from Pakistan from the city of love Jhang

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    Great efferts. and i want to visit these counteries and see these places with my own eyes

  50. 2500

    Rio de Janeiro inspires me. But the other cities are also beautiful and these pictures are awesome!


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