Offbeatism

Ezra Stoller [1915-2004]

Ezra Stoller was born in Chicago in 1915, grew up in New York and graduated from New York University in 1938 with a BFA in industrial design. As a student, he began photographing buildings, models and sculpture. In 1940-1941, Stoller worked with the photographer Paul Strand in the Office of Emergency Management; he was drafted in 1942 and worked as a photographer at the Army Signal Corps Photo Center. He died in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 2004.

During his long career as an architectural photographer, Stoller worked closely with many of the period’s leading architects, including: Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, I.M. Pei, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Mies van der Rohe, among others. Many modern buildings are known and remembered by the images Stoller created. He was uniquely able to visualize the formal and spatial aspirations of modernist architecture. The first time the American Institute of Architects awarded a medal for architectural photography, in 1960, it was given to Ezra Stoller.

Ezra Stoller’s photographs are published in countless books and magazines. The monograph Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller was published by Harry N. Abrams in 1990 and reissued in 1997. Beginning in 1999, Princeton Architectural Press issued the Building Blocks series, 10 books on Stoller’s work.

Ezra Stoller received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1998. He died in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 2004.

Stoller’s work is in the collections of numerous museums, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the High Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Stoller’s vintage and limited edition photographs are exclusively represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York while Esto arranges image licensing for reproduction.

Solo Exhibitions: Max Protetch Gallery, New York, 1980; James Danziger Gallery, New York, 1998; James Danziger Gallery, New York. 1999; Rolf Ricke; Gallery, Cologne, 2000; Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, 2001; Henry Urbach; Architecture Gallery, New York, 2002; Henry Urbach Architecture Gallery, New York, 2004; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown MA, 2004; Danziger Projects, Summer 2007.

Group Exhibitions include: Canadian Center for Architecture; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Honorary Doctorate: Pratt Institute, 1998.

Publications: Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller, Harry N Abrams, 1990; “Building Blocks” Series, Princeton Architectural Press, 1999 and 2000; Chapel at Ronchamp; Frank Lloyd Wrightâ’s Fallingwater; The Salk Institute; The Seagram Building; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West; The TWA Terminal; The United Nations; The Whitney Museum; The Yale Art + Architecture Building.

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Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

January 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

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