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Ezra Stoller 1915-2004

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Ezra Stoller 1915-2004

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Ezra Stoller, one of the most gifted architectural photographers of the twentieth century died in his home in Williamstown (MA) on October 29, 2004. His black and white images were such a reference in the field that Frank Lloyd Wright had proposed that he worked exclusively for him, which Stoller declined as he went on to create his own agency.

Although born in Chicago in 1915. Stoller grew up in New York where he studied architecture at NYU graduating in industrial design in 1938. He had started to photograph to pay his way through college; in 1939 he documented New York's World fair, and in 1940-41 went on to work with Paul Strand for the Office of Emergency management. Drafted in 1942, he worked in the Army Photo Corps and after the war set out to specialize in architectural photography. His background helped him understand the structure he had to photograph as well as relate to the architects. As a result he worked for the best: Frank Lloyd Wright (who wanted to have him has "his" photographer and finally resigned himself to have Stoller train photographers that would work for him), Marcel Beuer, Louis Kahn (Salt Institute), Le Corbusier (a commission by MoMA on the Notre Dame du Haut chapel at Ronchamp), Richard Meier, I. …

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