Ezra Stoller and Great American Architecture

Alex Gilbert
Mar 13, 2013 6:56PM

Ezra Stoller aptly grew up in Chicago, birthplace of the the modern skyscraper, and attended NYU to study architecture.  Stoller began taking photographs of models and built projects as a student, whereupon graduation he concentrated entirely on architectural photography.

Stoller died in 2004, leaving behind 50,000 images, a collection which managed to capture all the great American landmarks, including three of my absolute favorites: Mies's Seagram Building, SOM's Beinecke, and Louis Kahn's Salk Institute (site of a future Art Pilgrimage).

The show of Stoller's work that just closed on March 2nd at Yossi Milo Gallery, but is still viewable on Artsy, includes a photograph of the former Manufacturer's Trust Company, now a Joe Fresh store at 510 Fifth Avenue, with an amazing intact large-scale installation by Harry Bertoia (visible if you zoom in on this photo).  You must go see this!

Lastly, the Stoller show includes a photograph of another Kahn building--a house in Chestnut Hill, PA he designed for Wharton Esherick's neice Margaret Esherick that is currently on the market. It includes a kitchen designed by Wharton Esherick, who was friends with Kahn. You can take a video tour of the house here.

Read more about the Stoller in the NY Times here.

Alex Gilbert