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The United Nations (Building Block Series) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 23, 1999
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The series has been designed for relative affordability, and its subjects are well chosen. Each volume includes a very brief preface by Stoller setting out his relationship to the building and a fairly short critical, historical, analytical essay. Buttressed by about a dozen endnotes, the essays occupy a middle ground between informal and scholarly writing. They are followed by 50 to 60 duotone photos and a few plan drawings. This is an expert look at an extraordinary building and well worth readers' serious attention. --John Pastier
Each compact volume in this impeccably curated series is devoted to a single, seminal work by a modern master. -- House Beautiful, July 2000
Ezra Soller, perhaps the most famous photographer of Modern architecture, is know for his ability to capture not only the heroic qualities of buildings but their complex personalities as well. Many of his photographs have been gathered by Princeton Architectural Press in a new series of books called "Building Block," each one the cumulative portrait of a different structure, complete with a foreword from Stoller, who is now retired. The buildings, photographed by Stoller just after they were finished, have become most familiar to us through his early take on them. The central meeting room in Wallace Harrison's United Nations (1952) appears futuristically theatrical to our eyes, as it must have to Stoller's; a black-robed priest stands in contemplation among the textured gray curves and angular windows of Le Corbusier's Chapel at Ronchamp (1954); the sinuous landscape of Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal (1962) glows through a window into the night. Stoller collected defining moments in the lives of these buildings. Today, after many of his subjects have been debased by the surrounding clutter of parking lots and condominium towers, his photographs keep the initial promise of their hopeful, pristine Modernism alive. -- Metropolis
Handsome and well-priced; based on the brilliant photography of Ezra Stoller. -- Interior Design, June 2000
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