Lautman’s experience in photography began with his using a box camera to contibute shots to his junior high school yearbook. It continued with his work as a combat photographer in the Pacific with the Army. He was also employed by a few studios in New York before establishing a name for himself and his own practice in D.C.
Of his photography, Lautman says, “Lighting is everything. Somebody once said, ‘Architectural photography consists of two things: knowing where to stand and knowing what time to stand there.’ That, of course, has to do with light. The rest is just technology.” Technology, a talented eye and a dedication to get the ideal angle for each subject. Lautman’s photographs are more than simple documentation; they are themselves recognized as works of art and lay a strong foundation for architectural photographers today.