The Building Blocks series presents icons of modern architecture as interpreted by the most significant architectural photographers of our time. These ten volumes feature the work of Ezra Stoller, whose photography has defined the way postwar architecture has been viewed by architects, historians, and the public at large. The buildings inaugurating this series'such as Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal, Wallace Harrison's United Nations complex, Le Corbusier's Chapel at Ronchamp,'all have bold sculptural presences ideally suited to Stoller's unique vision.
Each cloth-bound book in the series contains at least 80 pages of rich duotone images. Taken just after the completion of each project, these photographs provide a unique historical record of the buildings in use, documenting the people, fashions, and furnishings of the period. Through Stoller's photographs, we see these buildings the way the architects wanted us to know them. In the preface to each volume Stoller tells of his personal relationship with the architect of each project and recounts his experience photographing it. A brief introduction by Philip Nobel reveals the fascinating history of the building, from its triumphant opening to its mysterious burning in the turbulent 1960s; also included are newly drawn plans.