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Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography Hardcover – August 1, 2012

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"[Korab's] work's enduring value is as a document of the push and pull of midcentury, the conflict between the curve and the cube at the moment America became the center of world design." -- Wall Street Journal

"Celebrating a talent who traded drafting tools for a camera, Balthazar Korab collects his images of buildings by Eero Saarinen, Minoru Yamaski, and other modern greats, as well as his still relevant series on American car culture." -- Elle Decor

"Highlights the rich, black-and-white photography of Bathazar Korab, whose sharp imagery helped give a face to modernist architecture in mid-century America." -- Dwell

"Mr. Korab captured the romance, moodiness and humanity of even the most austere post-war buildings." -- David Dunlap, The New York Times

"Mr. Korab, now 86, left design to be an in-house photographer, documenting masterworks like Mr. Saarinen's T.W.A. Terminal and Miller House. His story and images, dramatized by more than a touch of chiaroscuro, are collected in "Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography," by John Comazzi, just out from Princeton Architectural Press ($40)." --- The New York Times

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John Comazzi is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level design courses and research seminars. He received a Masters of Architecture and a Masters of Science in Architectural History & Theory from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He has remained a close acquaintance of the Korabs since their first introduction in 1997.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; First Tion ed. edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161689041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I met Batthazar in 1970-1971 when I was a kid of about 13. He had came to my town to shoot the local architecture.Out on my bicycle, I saw him around town over a couple days and talk to him. I saw him a few more times in my early life. He was always very nice and although I was already interested in photography he inspired me to some extent to become a full time professional photographer for most of my life ( although not architecture photography ). I just had to have this book. Thanks Balthizar. You will be missed.
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This is an exciting book full of great insight and striking photography of Balthazar Korab. His name may not be as famous as his images and this books tells a comprehensive story of this talented genius. The Mid-Century Modern iconic images (The TWA Terminal, NY,NY and the Miller House, Columbus, Indiana among others) are detailed in a fascinating story of this accomplished photographer's career. And who knew about his role as photographer-cum-critic for the U.S. State Department in 1994?!!
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in architectural photography.
In fact, I am purchasing several as gifts for preservationist friends and collegues.
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His photography is remarkable, inspiring and just an all around wonder. A great book to get lost in on a fall afternoon!
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Just received the book and began leafing through it. The text is clear and intersting, giving a history of a wonderful photographer with an amazing eye for composition, light, and pattern.

The plates are amazing in both color and black and white. This will be a great addition to my collection of photography books.
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The book has an extensive well written introduction and insight into Korab's development as an architectural photographer and the black and white photographs are well presented and printed.
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I first investigated this man's work because I read that he recently died. The structures that he captures are elegant fluid scenes that give another quite brilliant look at architecture. i liked the book a lot and appreciate this artist immensely.
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This book features black & white pictures by an architect-turned-photographer. His photo of JFK's TWA Terminal is worth the cost of the book!
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