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Gateway Arch of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

General Motors Tech Center, Warren, Mich. | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Dulles Airport, Virginia | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Dulles Airport, Virginia | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

National Gallery, Berlin | Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Fallingwater, Pennsylvania | Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

IBM manufacturing plant, Rochester, Minn. | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Ingalls Hockey Rink at Yale University | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Sydney Opera House, Australia | Architect: Jorn Utzon

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Frankenmuth, Michigan | Korab's Vernacular Architecture imagery, one of 12 images in The Presidential Gift series; President Clinton offered a portfolio of Korab's photographs to Arpad Goncz, Hungarian president, on a visit to Budapest in 1994. The images tell about urban development in the U.S. at the expense of rural life.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Carl Milles, sculptor; figure from the Orpheus fountain at Cranbrook, Eliel Saarinen architect of the Cranbrook campus | From Korab's collection and fine art book, "Cranbrook: Genius Loci."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

TWA model | Architect: Eero Saarinen. Design study for the column forms, multiple exposure photograph of a cardboard model done by Korab while working on the TWA project in the Saarinen office.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport, New York | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport, New York | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport, New York | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport, New York | Architect: Eero Saarinen

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

A snow-covered car in Detroit, Mich. | Korab's Car Culture imagery

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

860-880 Lakeshore Drive, Chicago | Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

World Trade Center towers and Brooklyn Bridge, New York | Architect: Minoru Yamasaki

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Chicago alley | One of 12 images in The Presidential Gift series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Balthazar Korab / The Library of Congress

Architect-photographer Balthazar Korab in a portrait titled "Peeping Pop," photographed in 2002 by his son, Christian.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christian M. Korab

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Architect-photographer Balthazar Korab | 1926-2013

Balthazar Korab, an architect-turned-photographer with a wide-ranging eye whose moody, polished images captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture and celebrated its masters, including Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, died Jan. 15 in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 86.

Korab, who lived in Troy, Mich., died after a long period of decline caused by Parkinson’s disease and a stroke, said his son, Christian Korab.

A refugee from Communist-controlled Hungary, Korab came to the United States in 1955 and found work as a designer in Saarinen’s Bloomfield, Mich., office. His facility with a camera quickly turned his career away from designing buildings to documenting them through a lens.

Like Julius Shulmanhttp://lat.ms/14ACls9 and Ezra Stoller, Korab became one of architecture’s most eminent photographers. During a career that spanned six decades, he produced evocative images of modernist icons, including Saarinen’s curvaceous TWA Terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Center.

“He looked at architectural photography like an architect, not just like a photographer,” said architect Cesar Pellihttp://lat.ms/WVtGv0, who met Korab in the mid-1950s when both were young associates in Saarinen’s office. “He understood what buildings were about, what their intentions were. I believe he tried to capture that in his photographs.”

Framework proudly presents a selection of his architectural images over the years.

Enjoy.

3 Comments

  1. February 1, 2013, 11:13 am

    Thank you for honoring my father's legacy here.

    By: Guest
  2. February 2, 2013, 6:31 pm

    A true genius, combining the best of both worlds, and it shows in his work. A man who followed his passion. I am from Detroit, and was familiar with his work. He brought inspiration to what previously was “documentary photography”, that is, recording what was there on film.

    May He rest in peace, and his photographs live forever.

    By: Rick Casemore
  3. February 3, 2013, 12:12 pm

    i went to that place long time ago, these is such a nice photo by the way.

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