A trawl through Hellman’s archives, in which we uncover gems that are as relevant now as they were then
The reason people don’t appear in architectural photographs is because they are unpredictable.
In a photo of a person and a building the eye first goes to the person, then the building (unless you are an architect). Also it reinforces the notion of buildings as abstract art, without context, scale or human content. I have had a lot of mileage on how people are represented in drawings to match the architecture, but with CGI it is so much easier.
This illustration is from the AJ of 16.04.80.