Publication

  • Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography
    John Comazzi
    Author
    Linda Lee
    Editor
    Princeton Architectural Press, 2012
  • GRANTEE
    John Comazzi
    GRANT YEAR
    2011

Balthazar Korab, TWA Terminal at JFK by Eero Saarinen & Associates, photographed 1964, New York. Courtesy of Korab LTD.

This monograph highlights the life and career of Balthazar Korab, one of the most celebrated and prolific photographers of twentieth-century architecture. While Korab has been widely acknowledged for his photographic contributions to the collective visual culture representing modern architecture and design, there has never been a book dedicated solely to his extraordinary life and career. In addition to a comprehensive and critical analysis of Korab's professionally commissioned images of architecture, the book will also highlight a range of previously unpublished portfolios of vernacular architecture and landscapes from around the world that highlight the full range of his talents, and expand our awareness of his overall contributions to the disciplines of architecture and photography.

John Comazzi is assistant professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota. To date he has conducted over thirty-six hours of interviews with Balthazar and Monica Korab, and has spent countless hours researching the Korab archive. He has lectured on Korab's photography in both public and academic venues, including the Minnesota Society of Architecture Historians. In 2008, he delivered a lecture and interview with Balthazar Korab to open a symposium hosted jointly by the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in conjunction with the retrospective Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future. More recently, he has contributed content and curatorial image selections to several exhibitions of Korab's photography, including those at the Virka Gallery in Helsinki (March, 2010) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (January, 2010), where he also delivered a public lecture.