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Architecture in Music

Contact: Charles Brooks
Phone: +64 27 203 2269

Lockey Hill Cello circa 1780, by Charles Brooks 2022

Architecture in Music

Striking photos reveal the hidden details inside musical instruments. Photographer Charles Brooks unveils the beauty and complexity of these unseen spaces using specialist probe lenses and complex imaging techniques.  Each photo is a blend of hundreds of frames. The unprecedented sharpness and detail renders these spaces as vast rooms, exposing the tool marks of the makers, repairs carried out through the centuries, and the hidden architecture within.

Charles chooses rare instruments with fascinating histories: A cello once hit by a train, a didgeridoo hollowed out by termites, an exquisite Fazioli grand piano hand-made from 11’000 individual parts. Each instrument is photographed hundreds of times with ever increasing focal lengths. These frames are then painstakingly blended together to form a single image. The clarity and carefully chosen perspectives trick the mind into believing the space is much larger than reality. A 240 year old cello looks like the inside of an ancient ship, a century old saxophone becomes a gaping tunnel of green and gold, the keys of a piano become a monolithic temple.

About the Artist

Charles was a cellist since childhood and had a career with some of the world's great orchestras before turning to photography full time in 2016. He was principal cellist with the Shenzhen & Guiyang Symphonies (China), the Orquestra de Camara de Valdivia (Chile), and spent three years with the Sao Paulo Symphony in Brazil. A Lumix ambassador, he is now based in Auckland, New Zealand, where he spends his time as a freelance photographer and indulges his other passion, astrophotography.

Media Attention

Architecture in Music has been one of the most published photographic series internationally since 2022. Charles’s photos are now in Museums worldwide, and have been reproduced more than 16 million times in many of the world’s largest newspapers and magazines. They have been featured by the most influential art and photography blogs worldwide, and are in commercial use by clients as diverse as the Paris Conservatorie and the CERN Hadron Collider.


In 2024 the series will have its first major international exhibition, running for six months at the Napa Valley Museum as part of the Napa Valley Festival, where the photos will be printed at a breathtaking room-size scale. Smaller exhibitions will also be held in Budapest and Stockholm, and Switzerland.


  • Daily Mail (UK): “A new stunning series of photos
  • Der Spiegel (Germany): “What looks like craters, art and bold buildings are instruments from the inside” 
  • My Modern Met: “Stunning Photos Reveal the Architectural Interiors Hidden Within Classical Instruments
  • NBC News (USA): “Striking Photos Reveal the Hidden Structures of Instruments
  • Classic FM (UK): “Artist’s striking photography reveals hidden depths of musical instruments” 

Full Series Image Gallery:

Gallery – charlesbrooksphotography (

High resolution images for editorial use are available on request: 


All Articles:

This series has received so much international attention that it's difficult to keep track. New articles appear every week in a multitude of languages. The following is a list of the articles and publications that the author is currently aware of:

Publication Country Print Circulation (if known) Link
Die Zeit Germany 3600000
Daily Mail UK 1000000 Architecture of Music series explores interiors of musical instruments | Daily Mail Online
The Telegraph UK 1200000 Pictured: Remarkable image shows the 'vast' interior of an ordinary cello (
Der Speigel Germany 1100000 Fotoprojekt "Architecture in Music": Hier spielt die Musik - DER SPIEGEL
Bild am Sonntag Germany 600000
Lonley Planet Italia Italy 125000
The Red Bulliten International 300000
Domus Magazine Germany 60000 The architecture of musical instruments in the photographs of Charles Brooks - Domus (
Le Soleil Canada 80000 La beauté intérieure des instruments de musique [PHOTOS] | Le Mag | Le Soleil - Québec
Limelight Magazine Australia 10000
Vi Magazine Sweden 40000
Pop Corn Magazine France 10000
Crescendo Magazine Germany 70000
Dong-A Science Korea 20000
V/Arquitectura Viva Magazine Spain 50000
Department of Alps-Maritimes France
Fapte Romania
CERN Switzerland
exhibition at educational site of FHC (Future Hadron Collider)
USA International
USA International
My Modern Met USA
Petapixel International
Classic FM (UK) UK
NRC Netherlands
Fujifilm Podcast International
60 Second Docs USA
Photography Daily Podcast International
Yahoo News International
France Musique France
Radio New Zealand New Zealand
designboom International
Cultura Inquieta Spain
Radio Classique France
Swiss Miss Switzerland
Kobini Arts France
Revista Planeta Brazil
NewsDubai Dubai
Weibo China
GZT Arkitekt Turkey
Radio France France
Hacker News International
Objectsmag Italy
SlippedDisk International
Lark Newsletter USA
Fip Radio France
MOT Times China
Ottmar Liebert's DIary International
Aryan Art News International
Kompass Germany
Topys China
Westart Germany
Archi Objects Italy
Free York
GPI Design
Photo Features INT
Damanwoo China
His Russia
RockandPop Chile
Photoblogia Poland
SFK Korea
Lenzark Iran
Tudoporemail Brazil
Papageno Hungary
Alaxon Israel
Above Art Russia
The Epoch TImes International
Viking TV UK
The Cusp Magazine International
Animal News International
WST Post
Brightside Publishing
Arch20 Magazine
Business Newspress
DUK News
Daily Star Post
Intec Studio
BreakingNews Exchange
Paris Match France
boredpanda USA
The Inspiration Grid
Moss and Fog
Topito France
Fiof Italy
Genk Vietnam
Quest Netherlands
Digital Photo Germany
Detik Indonesia
youm7 Iran
L'Important France
Creative by Nature Netherlands
Dotmsr Iran
Design You Trust
ABC Australia
121 Clicks
Music Thinking Switzerland
Phototrend France
Tudodobem Brasil
Quest Netherlands
CasaVogue Portugal
saibdadetudo Brasil
Leidseschouwburg-Stadsgehoorzaal Netherlands