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Balthazar Korab

Architect of Photography

John Comazzi

     8 × 10 in (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
Paperback
192 pages
20 color illustrations, 200 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 09/15/2013
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616891961


Balthazar Korab's recent passing at the age of eighty-six was met by a deep appreciation for his work and a tremendous outpouring of affection for his gentle spirit. As one of the most prolific and celebrated architectural 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. Now available in paperback, author John Comazzi's riveting illustrated biography traces Korab's'circuitous path from a forced exodus from his native Hungary to an architectural education at the famed Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and emigration to the United States, where he launched his career as Eero Saarinen's on-staff photographer. Balthazar Korab includes a portfolio of more than one hundred images from Korab's commissioned architectural photography as well as close examinations of Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal and the Miller House in Columbus, IN.
  • Atmospheric photos capture the mid-century modernism of the Mad Men era
  • Photographed buildings include iconic images of Mies van der Rohe's S. R. Crown Hall at IIT, 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 Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, among many others
  • "[Korab's] work's enduring value is as a document of the push and pull of midcentury, the conflict between the curve and the cube at the moment America became the center of world design." ---Wall Street Journal
  • I am an architect with a passion for nature's lessons and man's interventions. My images are born out of a deep emotional investment in their subject. Their content is never sacrificed for mere visual effects, nor is a polemic activism intended to prevail over an aesthetic balance. ---Balthazar Korab


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