New York

Ezra Stoller

Max Protetch Gallery

Ezra Stoller is the dean of modern architecture photography. The 85 photographs in this exhibit, taken over the last 40 years, show many of the American buildings in the modern canon. We know them well—or so we think. Actually, many of us know only the photographs. So now it is important to see how they work—as photographs, yes, but as documents, too.

They are styled: it is as if Stoller poses the buildings as he presents them. They are made photogenic—volumes are highlighted, textures are touched up—almost photographic, as if they had been redesigned in the photographs. Somehow Stoller is able to translate architectural form into photographic form and not deform either one. But his work is an interpretation, as is all documentary photography. And it is important, especially when one looks at architecture through such photography, to remember this.

Photography is instantaneous; architecture

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