No one captured the midcentury modernism of the Mad Men era better than Balthazar Korab. As one of the period’s most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers, Korab captured images as graceful and elegant as his subjects. His iconic photographs for master architects immortalized their finest works, while leaving his own indelible impact on twentieth century visual culture. In this riveting illustrated biography, the first dedicated solely to his life and career, author John Comazzi traces Korab’s circuitous path to a career in photography. He paints a vivid picture of a young man forced to flee his native Hungary, who goes on to study architecture at the famed École des Beaux-Arts in Paris before emigrating to the United States and launching his career as Eero Saarinen’s on-staff photographer.
The book includes a portfolio of more than one hundred images from Korab’s professionally commissioned architecture photography as well as close examinations of Saarinen’s TWA Terminal and the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. The photos documenting finished buildings and architects at work include iconic images of Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall, Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum and Salk Institute, Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Center, Richard Meier’s Douglas House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, among many others.
006 Foreword / Cesar Pelli
008 Introduction, More thsn a Self-portrait
012 Biography, The Making of a Photographer
041 Case Studies
042 TWA Flight Center
056 Miller House
074 Inflected Modernism
138 Beyond Modernism
153 Additional portfolios
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Format: 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm), Hardcover
Pages: 192 (20 color illustrations, 200 b/w illustrations )
Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography / John Comazzi originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 19 Sep 2012.
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