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Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography / John Comazzi

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 073 Plates

074 Inflected Modernism 138 Beyond Modernism 153 Additional portfolios

184 Acknowledgments 186 Notes 190 Bibliography

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 ) Language: English ISBN: 978-1-61689-041-4 

Cite:Diego Hernandez. "Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography / John Comazzi" 19 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>