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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 Link

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 Link

Mark Bowman80

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

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  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/14/the-beauty-of-street-photography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  3. 3 https://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/
  42. 42
  43. 43
  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

    An Amazing set of pics luved them all

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  2. 2

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

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  3. 3

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

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  4. 4

    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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  5. 5

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

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  6. 6

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

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  7. 7

    This is awesome!!!

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  8. 9

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

    DKumar M.

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  9. 10

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

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  10. 11

    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!

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  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.

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  12. 13

    wau! thanks–Nice collection…

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  13. 14

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

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  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!

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  15. 16

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

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  16. 17

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

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  17. 18

    Great list as always. :)

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  19. 20

    amazing

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  20. 21

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

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  21. 22

    Great photos,
    thank you

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  22. 23

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. 24

    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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  25. 26

    this is amazing photography

    i like it

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  26. 27

    Yikes!! I am the first photo :)

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  27. 28

    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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  28. 29

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

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  29. 30

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

    http://www.zooomr.com/photos/alexoz/6686052/

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  30. 31

    realy nice!

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