Synopses & Reviews
On a remote and secluded Appalachian site in the foothills of Western Pennsylvania lies what is undoubtedly the most famous modern home in the United States and, perhaps, the world: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Commissioned in 1934 to design a weekend retreat for Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann, Wright shocked his client and the architectural establishment with a daring sculptural composition dramatically cantilevered over the white water of Bear Run.
Fallingwater at once expresses Wright's ideal of an organic architecture attuned to the rhythms of the natural world while fully embracing the modernist idiom - albeit on his own terms. For Wright, the commission offered a chance to thrust himself back into the forefront of architectural practice. Considered passA(c) by some proponents of the International Style, with Fallingwater Wright proved to all that he remained at the vanguard of the profession.
Ezra Stoller's photographs of Fallingwater have become icons in their own right, illustrating the building's integral connection to the landscape and its striking modern form.
Ezra Stoller is the Annie Leibovitz of modern architecture. House and Garden
This is one of a series of small photo books (5 1/2 x 7 1/2 ) presenting the masterworks of modern architecture through the lens of Ezra Stoller. For 60 years, Stoller has been revered by architects, editors, collectors, and photographers for his ability to translate an architect's vision into two dimensions. This is architectural photography at its finest. For anyone interested in photographing buildings, there is a wealth of information in Stoller's images, particularly his interiors. Each volume has an introduction by a prominent architectural writer, drawings and plans, a key to the photos, and a note form Stoller about how he came to photograph the building, as well as some of the difficulties he encountered. Popular Photography
These new titles in the Building Blocks series showcase four more icons of modern architecture, as portrayed by renowned architectural photographer Ezra Stoller. Two buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater and Taliesin West, Louis Kahn's Salk Institute, and Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building are shown in original condition, with original furnishings, as the architects intended them to be seen. Wright's integration of architecture and landscape, Kahn's dramatic yet humane monumentality, and Mies's austere elegance are revealed and preserved in Stoller's classic compositions. Small, elegant, and affordable, each volume presents the photo-graphs that made these structures famous. With 60 rich duotone plates (and 16 color plates for Taliesin West), a brief introduction, and newly drawn plans, sections, and elevations, these books constitute the essential photographic histories of the most important works of modernism.
About the Author
Ezra Stoller is one of the preeminent architectural photographers in the world and the founder of the renowned Esto architectural photography studio.