Top Durban architectural photographer, Dennis Guichard wins prestigious Qatar contract

Durban-based architectural photographer Dennis Guichard has recently won a prestigious contract to travel and shoot an extensive image stock library showcasing the ‘best of Qatar’ for the Qatar Financial Centre Authority in Doha, Qatar. Officially the richest country on earth, with phenomenal natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar has earmarked an incredible US$130bn to spend on infrastructure and building projects in the ten years leading up to their hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The magnitude of the preparations is already influencing economic developments with many of the world’s signature architectural and engineering practices now located in Doha working on prestigious projects including a new international airport, new roads and infrastructure, some 200 new hotels and 12 fully enclosed air-conditioned stadia to host the World Cup.

One of the many awe-inspiring mega-projects currently under construction in Doha is the 35km2 Lusail City which will ultimately provide accommodation for up to 250,000 people. It has marinas, residential areas, island resorts, commercial districts, luxury shopping and leisure facilities, including two golf courses and an entertainment district. It will also house the iconic new 86,250-seat Lusail Stadium (designed by Foster + Partners Architects), which will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Amongst many in Qatar Dennis will be shooting projects for the likes of ARUP Engineers, Foster + Partners Architects, HOK Architects, Gensler Architects, John McAslan + Partners Architects, Woods Bagot Architects, Jean Nouvel Architect, Squire + Partners Architects, and others.

Locally Dennis’s clients include the likes of Elphick Proome Architects, Kevin Lloyd Architect, GOBA Engineers, Brettenwood Coastal Estate, the KZNIA, Evolution Architects, and others.

Dennis has over 20-years post-graduate experience worldwide with Diploma’s in Architecture and Project Management. His photography has featured in and on the covers of numerous prestigious publications worldwide including the National Newspaper (Dubai), Abu Dhabi Week (Abu Dhabi), Middle East Architect (Dubai), Emirates Construction (Dubai), Simply Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi), STERN magazine (Germany), Earthworks magazine (South Africa), VISI magazine (South Africa), PIX photography magazine (South Africa), Leading Architecture magazine (South Africa) and Architectural Record magazine (the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects in the USA). 





Dennis Guichard’s Art + Architecture Exhibition opened last night to a throng of about 50 people at the KZNIA. Ivor Daniel officially opened the exhibition, commenting on how honoured we at the KZNIA are to have Dennis’s world-class images displayed here. He is certainly up there with the best of them, and it was interesting to note that, out of the whole world of entries for the FIFA 2010 Fine Art Collection, the two photographers selected were Dennis and another fellow KZN photographer, Clinton Strydom.**

Despite the accolades, Dennis is remarkably down-to-earth. His fearless sincerity is evident in the koki scribbles of his photograph commentary ranging from how the shot was taken (6 weeks for the right weather in one case!) to details of the image, to his own lighthearted puns.

Ferreiras KZN Manager, Segran Moodley, was delighted to be able to contribute to the architectural community through sponsoring the event. “Ferreira’s Decor World was very proud and took great pleasure in sponsoring a great talent like Dennis. It was a great experience partnering with the KZNIA…”

The KZNIA will be open for viewings during office hours for the next 2 months and all are welcome.

Ivor Daniel (KZNIA), Dennis Guichard, Segran Moodley (Ferreiras) & David Wightman


RoyEsterhuysen, Grant Pitcher

Leah Johnson, Marc Oswell

Tammy Venter, , Lauren Haiden, Nick Darby

Malcolm Ellis, Segran Moodley, Lorraine Reddy, Urishka Jiawan, Ash Supkaran

Greg Townsend & Paul Rawsthorn

**Apologies for the confusion, this post originally claimed Dennis’s KZN FIFA ally as Clinton Friedman.