February 5, 2013
John Hancock Chicago construction, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago, IL, 1967
When it comes to architecture photography, Ezra Stoller is the standard-bearer. The Chicago-born visionary not only produced some of the most exciting, beautiful photographs of mid-century architecture — bringing modernism to the masses — but his iconic images continue to define the public perception of such structures as Saarinen’s TWA Terminal, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum.
But Stoller shot more than just buildings. A new exhibition, ”Beyond Architecture,” which runs through March 2 at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City, highlights the photographer’s rarely seen images of industry, technology, transportation, and working-class Americans. These photographs, like Stoller’s architectural work, capture the vitality, excitement, danger, and struggles of post-war, industrial America and urban life. But they also offer a glimpse of an America that has all but vanished today. Not in New York City? We’ve got a selection of some of these gorgeous photos below. Click through to see them all!