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Ezra Stoller, General Motors Technical Center, Eero Saarinen, Warren, MI, 1950, black-and-white photograph, 20 x 16".

Ezra Stoller

Yossi Milo Gallery

Ezra Stoller, General Motors Technical Center, Eero Saarinen, Warren, MI, 1950, black-and-white photograph, 20 x 16".

Beginning in roughly 1939, modernist architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, and Richard Meier, among others, had photographer Ezra Stoller document their now-classic buildings—“classic” in themselves, but also because of Stoller’s exquisite “classicizing” of them. With deft assurance, Stoller imbued the structures with an aura of inevitability. Seen through his lens, their geometry seems eternal—timeless as the pyramids—and drawn to some perceptual seventh heaven. Thus, Fifth Avenue fades into wet darkness, leaving the 1954 Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company building, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, gloriously illuminated from within, transcending its environment as though it were a kind of abstract thing—which it is, of course, if one forgets its function.

Stoller renders the buildings ideal, pure—even ethereal. They

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