Machines for Living

When you picture modern architecture, chances are it’s through the lens of Ezra Stoller.

Stoller was the court photographer for an entire generation of modernist architects like Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, and Louis Kahn. In Stoller’s photographs, buildings are pristine machines from a utopian future, just as their architects envisioned them. Exteriors are always monolithic and geometric, aloof from their surroundings. Interiors are as hermetic and carefully calibrated as space stations.

Trained in architecture and industrial design, Stoller turned to photography after graduating from NYU in 1939. An exhibition at Yossi Milo in Chelsea spans five decades during which Stoller’s work was so authoritative that it had a verb: a building photographed by Stoller had been “Stollerized.”

Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture is open through March 2 at Yossi Milo Gallery.

-Jarrett Moran

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