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Frank Lloyd Wright The Houses Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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The images are immense (the book feels like 300 lbs on your lap) and stunning. It is after all the experience of the physical visit to see the spatial and visual detail of Wright's houses that is so exciting, and these photographs are a great substitute for a visit. They are very palpable. They have a keen sense in demonstrating the interplay of natural light within the Wright interiors and a good sense for the dynamic qualities of his spaces.
For someone familiar with Wright's more obscure houses by looking at little grainy black and white images, these photos are simply a revelation.
An essential book for any fan of Wright's architecture.
If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, do not miss this!!
The pictures pose a number of issues. Most of the interior shots are in the same golden hue, suggesting the use of the same filter or of a specific kind of lighting. Some pictures focus on so limited an area that, for instance, a gorgeous stained glass ceiling is omitted. Others are of relatively mundane bedrooms and bathrooms. Pictures are included of additions to the houses by Wright apprentices, while really interesting Wright-designed features of some houses are not pictured at all. An example of this is the omission of any photo of the marvelous kitchen in a cairn in the Hagan House. Finally, numerous exterior shots were taken when the facades were in shadow.
The photographer can certainly do better than this, as demonstrated in the book he did with the author on John Lautner. And Rizzoli can as well for Wright, as demonstrated in Masterworks.
When I was studying architecture in college in the 1970s, the BEST photography books about Wright's oeuvre were "In the Nature of Materials" and the very expensive Wendingen Edition. Both are presented in black and white and while that kind of pared-down quality may have suited the age in which the International Style was still in its ascendancy, it did nothing whatsoever to convey the true sense of a Wright space--specifically interior space. The intimately human scale of these spaces was missed.
And color is so much a part of Wright's aesthetic, and without it, one is in dreary Kansas instead of Oz.
Living in the northeast, it was not possible to see many Wright buildings first hand, until that trip to Chicago... and then what a revelation! These spaces were not cold grays but marvels of ochres and greens and wood tones and conveyed so much more serenity than those older photos could suggest.
Happily, future years placed me in conjunction with many of the Midwestern buildings, and a day trip could take me to Wisconsin or Michigan or other less-frequently visited residential and commercial works by F L W. Friendships with original Wright clients or owners of Wright houses opened other doors--I have experienced about one third of the places in this book, so--trust me--the photos do them justice and are almost as good as being there.
I would guess that anyone who has been in these places will tell you that this book gives a very fine representation of these spaces.Read more ›
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Beautiful book, great reference for anyone in love with architecture in general.Published 6 months ago by A. McCoy
I have a few FLW books, and this one is the new 'reference' book in my collection.Published 6 months ago by Ryan
I bought this for my husband who has at least a dozen books about FLW. He usually reserved it for Sunday cocktail hour to have the time to fully enjoy its spendor in relaxation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cindy B.
Impressive book. The wide range of photos capture the fine works of FLW. The multiple shots of rooms showcase the detail of these incredible homes.Published 9 months ago by Jeff Porter
beautiful pictures and excellent representation of Frank LLoyd Wright's workPublished 9 months ago by SugieBee