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Publication date: 09/12/2014
|Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal is the ultimate icon of midcentury modern design. Completed in 1962, the bird-like terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport was designed as an eye-catching showpiece to capture the public's imagination. Its expressionistic concrete exterior and soaring interior spaces made it one of the most dramatic architectural statements of its day.
Time and expedience have taken tolls on the building. As it has been adapted to the needs of contemporary air travel, the terminal has fallen into disrepair and lost much of the grandeur that made it a 'symbol of all that was modern and new.
Ezra Stoller's sharp-eyed photographs offer a return trip to the terminal at the time of its opening, when dapper travelers moved smartly through its majestic spaces.
Ezra Stoller (1915--2004) began photographing buildings as an architectural student in the 1930s, and quickly developed a reputation as one of the preeminent architectural photographers in the world. His exacting attention to detail and unparalleled ability to translate an architect's vision into two dimensions made his images prized by architects, editors, and collectors. The photographic agency he founded in 1939, Esto, continues in operation today.