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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 Link


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 Roosen6650

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 Rocaberti

Beautiful City Photo62
Tokyo, Japan

Jasbir Singh63

Beautiful City Photo64
The Great Mosque, Makkah, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Sean Mantey65

Beautiful City Photo
Newcastle, UK

Joep Roosen6650

Beautiful City Photo67
Rotterdam, Netherlands


Beautiful City Photo69
Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt


architectural photography71
Pisa, Italy

Istvan Kadar

Beautiful City Photo
Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali

André Luiz Martins72

Beautiful City Photo73
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fulvio Pellegrini74

Beautiful City Photo75
New York City, United States

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Mark Bowman76

Beautiful City Photo77
Lilla Torget (Little Square) Malmo, Sweden

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  1. 1

    An Amazing set of pics luved them all

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    Superb. My wish list this year to have a Digital SLR. And take up photographing courses.

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    Great Collection Andrew…… all of them are really stunning, specially The Great Mosque, Makkah . Thanks for sharing.

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    Lex van de Oudeweetering

    February 2, 2009 12:27 am

    The photo’s are Ok. A lot of them are spectacular a few are beautiful and too many are just buildings and too few are city’s. Thus I think your title is misleading and not correct. They are spectacular photo’s of buildings.

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    Whooh, great collection. I am inspired to get out in my own city some more. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. 6

    A very beautiful n stunning photography. Egypt one is best,

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    Harsimran Kaur

    February 1, 2009 8:15 pm

    This is awesome!!!

  8. 9

    Nice Collection Andrew…… Some of them are really stunning. Thanks for sharing.

    DKumar M.

  9. 10

    breath taking pictures. I like them a lot. :D

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    Brian Gottier

    February 1, 2009 8:29 pm

    Those are certainly beautiful photos. I wish I could take photos like that! I have a nice camera, but I have the feeling it’s not the camera, its the photographer!

  11. 12

    These are amazing. Smashing magazine makes me want to quit my job because it’s so bland! I’ve been to a lot of these sites in Europe however I couldn’t capture them anywhere as beautiful as this.

  12. 13

    wau! thanks–Nice collection…

  13. 14

    Nice pictures, but about seven of them are landscape shots, not city shots.

  14. 15

    I feel Greece & Russia are two most beautiful countries under the sun, all there city images i have seen so far looks amazing!

    Great collection!

  15. 16

    some great photographs in there, I wish some people could leave HDR pictures alone though

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    so nice… All cities.. makes me wanna travel more.. hahhaa

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    Great list as always. :)

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    Fantastic photos. One small note, the country name is missing in the Jerusalem shot.

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    Great photos,
    thank you

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    Dileep K Sharma

    February 2, 2009 1:01 am

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    Absolutely amazing set of photos here. The one of the leaning tower of Pisa was stunning capture with amazing color and perspective.

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    this is amazing photography

    i like it

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    Yikes!! I am the first photo :)

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    If you’re a fan of HDR images and mega colour corrections in post-processing, then some of these shots are nice. I wouldn’t say they’re impressive shots, since its very easy to HDR and colour correct any picture to make them look good.

    But this is coming from a person who doesn’t like the whole fake looking thing. I think this set is a good example of skill being determined by the equipment, and not by the photographer, which I think photography is really about.

    However the Pisa, New York, Morocco and China entries deserve special mention. Really like those shots.

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    @Arri Kafoor: my photo isn’t HDRed, BTW

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    Very Nice collection
    Here is one of New Orleans I really like

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    realy nice!

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    I am the photographer of the ‘Tour Eiffel”
    I am proud and honored to be on your site which is for me one of the best dedicated to creativity.
    Thanks a lot
    Gaston Batistini

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    stunning !

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    Didn’t know that Zugspitze was a city, always thought it was a mountain…..

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    Under every photo you wrote the city name then comma then the country name.
    For example: “New York City, United States”
    So, what reason you have to not write “Jerusalem, Israel”? but just “Jerusalem”..?
    It’s start with this little antisemitism issues and ends with 6,000,000 Jews murders by Nazis in holocaust.

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      You are a spong bob and will always remain one. Dude what happened to jews is got nothing to do with this stunning photography. Stop politicalizing everything and enjoy these pictures and be grateful to the person who has so painstakingly put these pictures up and shared it. Just stop bitching.

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    Mosques are beautiful places. Nice collection.

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    @Spongebob : they probably left it out as not to offend anyone, those pro-Palestine, or pro-Israel. The problem is that you are apparently offended by anything that isn’t pro-Israel.

    Extra kudos to Smashing Magazine for being politically correct.

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    heather van de mark

    February 2, 2009 9:50 am

    Makes me want to travel. Some really beautiful photos/places–china, greece, sweden, peru and japan.

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    @Spongebob: yup, thanks for the correction. The title should’ve been “Jerusalem, Palestine”.

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    some of these are really stunning… but… some of them are altered to the point where the super-saturated colors and highlights are more distracting than actually adding to the image. i am all for editing photos, and i do like some hdr photography, but when it starts to look too “fakey” i feel it sometimes is more about showing off the photographer than it is about showing off the actual place.

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    @Asrar : The country called “Israel”, not “Palestine”. I live in Argentina and don’t have any opinion in this issues of middle east, but the fact is that this place is in Israel, no doubt…
    So I can’t see how writing “Israel” can offend anyone, all pro-Palestine will agree it still Israel, nobody thinks that there is anywhere country called “Palestine”…
    So not writing “Israel” is the thing that can make peoples offend. If it’s good enough for the UN and most of the world mark Jerusalem as part of Israel, it shall be enough for this post.


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