Balthazar Korab


1926 -2013

Raised in Budapest, Korab (birthname Boldizsár) is one of the pioneers of modern architectural photography. His work, comparable to that of masters like Ezra Stoller, clearly reflects his architectural training, initiated in Hungary but interrupted in 1949 when communists seized power and Korab had to flee to Paris, where he finally graduated. During some time he worked as an apprentice at some of the best studios in Europe, including that of Le Corbusier, but in 1954 he moved, as so many did during those years, to the United States. He was lucky, because one year later Eero Saarinen, then busy working on the proposal for the TWA Terminal, hired him to document the design process with a series of model photographs that served as design tools. He would later publish the splendid images of the Terminal’s hall, which have been disseminated broadly. From then on, Korab focussed on photographing buildings and cities, with series of high artistic quality and testimonial value, and which have provided excellent portraits of the architecture and also of the society of the last fifty years in the United States.

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