Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
The Building Blocks series presents icons of modern architecture as interpreted by the most significant architectural photographers of our time. The first eight volumes feature the work of Ezra Stoller, whose photography has defined the way postwar architecture has been viewed by architects, historians, and the public at large. The buildings inaugurating the series all have bold sculptural presences ideally suited to Stoller's unique vision.
Each clothbound book in the series contains at least 80 pages of rich duotone images (some have color plates as well). Taken just after the completion of each project, these photographs provide a unique historical record of the buildings in use, documenting the people, fashions, and furnishings of the period. Through Stoller's photographs, we see these buildings the way the architects wanted us to know them. In the preface to each volume Stoller tells of his personal relationship with the architect of each project and recounts his experience photographing it. A brief introduction by a noted critic reveals the unique history of these beautiful and world-famous building; also included are newly drawn plans, sections, and/or elevations.
Ezra Stoller, who trained as an architect, began photographing buildings in the late 1930s and soon became the preeminent architectural photographer in the world. The agency he founded, Esto Photographics, continues to operate to this day. Philip Johnson has said that no modern building is complete until it has been "Stollerized".