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Ezra Stoller's iconic photographs of 20th-century architectural masterpieces, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building, are often cited in aiding the rise of modernism in America. Stoller (1915–2004) elevated architectural photography to an art form, capturing the mood of numerous buildings in their best light.

Living and working in New York from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, Stoller photographed buildings by such architects as Alvar...

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Overview

Ezra Stoller's iconic photographs of 20th-century architectural masterpieces, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building, are often cited in aiding the rise of modernism in America. Stoller (1915–2004) elevated architectural photography to an art form, capturing the mood of numerous buildings in their best light.

Living and working in New York from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, Stoller photographed buildings by such architects as Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Paul Rudolph, and Louis I. Kahn. His striking images earned him the admiration of critics and contemporaries, but few people are aware of the stunning breadth of his oeuvre, which also included domestic and industrial spaces and important editorial depictions of American labor in the 1950s and 1960s. Ezra Stoller, Photographer, a long-awaited and lavishly illustrated survey of Stoller's artistic accomplishments, examines the photographer's full range with a fresh eye and unprecedented scope, offering a unique commentary on postwar America's changing landscape.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle - John King
“This year's best book for fans of mid-century modernism.”—John King, San Francisco Chronicle
Design Observer - Mark Lamster
“Highly recommended.”—Mark Lamster, Design Observer
Oculus
“[A] beautifully-designed and well-written book.”—Oculus
Wallpaper
“Show[s] a new perspective of post-war America, while also offering some of the images that helped define the cultural memory of mid-century design.”—Wallpaper
Modern - Michael Lassell
“Ezra Stoller, Photographer… gives the master the prominence he deserves.”—Michael Lassell, Modern 
Time
“Stoller was…the finest photographer of architectural modernism after WWII.”—Time 
Architect

“From iconic images that capture the rise of Modernism to lesser-known prints celebrating industry and mechanization, the book brings to light the full range of work of the celebrated shutterbug.”—Architect 
Wall Street Journal
“Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Louis Kahn's Salk Institute, Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal—they're all gloriously reproduced in Ezra Stoller, Photographer, a thorough survey of the lensman's elevated architectural images.”—Wall Street Journal 
Architectural Record - William Morgan
Ezra Stoller, Photographer is a handsome volume on the onetime industrial-design student who studied architecture with Edward Durell Stone, photographed homes for Ladies' Home Journal, and carved out a niche for himself as 'the photographer of choice for architects of curtain-walled corporate landmarks,'"—William Morgan, Architectural Record 
Time Magazine
“Stoller was…the finest photographer of architectural modernism after WWII.”—Time 
Archidose
“...most valuable about this coffee table book is the way it gives equal weight to three realms of Stoller's output—architecture, domestic exteriors and interiors, and industry. . . these images may not have defined Ezra Stoller as we think of him, but they are an integral part of his extensive portfolio and a treat to behold in these pages.”—Archidose 
Architectural Record
“A handsome volume on the one-time industrial design student who studied architecture with Edward Durell Stone, photographed homes for Ladies’ Home Journal, and carved out a niche for himself as the ‘photographer of choice for architects of curtain-walled corporate landmarks,’ as critic John Morris Dixon notes in one essay.”—Architectural Record 
Casabella
"Stoller's photographs, like those of Atget, are evidence for historical occurences: reducing the products of architecture to mere objects, and . . . [making] them transparent, reliable, truthful witnesses to their time."—Casabella
JM Northern Media LLC - San Francisco Book Festival
Runner-up, Photography/Art category at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival sponsored by JM Northern Media LLC.
JM Northern Media LLC - New York Book Festival
Runner-up in the Photography/Art category at the 2013 New York Book Festival given by JM Northern Media LLC
Bookbinders' Guild of New York - New York Book Show
Winner in the 2013 New York Book Show in the Special Trade, Photography category, sponsored by the Bookbinders' Guild of New York.
Architect
“From iconic images that capture the rise of Modernism to lesser-known prints celebrating industry and mechanization, the book brings to light the full range of work of the celebrated shutterbug.”—Architect 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300172379
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, a curator, and a historian. Erica Stoller is director of Esto, the photographic agency founded by Ezra Stoller. Andy Grundberg is chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Akiko Busch is the author of several books, including Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live. John Morris Dixon is former editor of Progressive Architecture and has written for such publications as Architect, Architectural Record, and Competitions.

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