Erica Stoller and Nina Rappaport on Ezra Stoller
April 24, 2017
As part of the lecture series “The Glass House Presents,” Esto director Erica Stoller and architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State vice president Nina Rappaport will discuss Ezra Stoller, the preeminent American architectural photographer whose images helped define mid-century Modernism. Stoller's photographs document iconic buildings — Fallingwater, Guggenheim Museum, Seagram Building, and TWA Terminal, among many others — as well as the homes of middle-class Americans that appeared in magazines such as Architectural Record and Ladies’ Home Journal.
Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For over sixteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the books series. She directs Vertical Urban Factory, a think tank on the topic of industry in the city, which includes a traveling exhibition (New York, Detroit, Toronto, London, and Lausanne) and a recently published book of the same title with Actar that has received wide acclaim. Her previous books include Ezra Stoller: Photographer with co-editor Erica Stoller (Yale University Press, 2012) and Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (The Monacelli Press, 2007). She has written numerous essays on structural design, architecture, and global industrial landscapes for international journals and magazines. She has taught seminars and studios on urban theory and industrial urbanism at Kean University, Syracuse in NYC architecture program, Barnard College, Parsons School of Design, and Yale. She is a founder and current vice president of DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State. For more information, visit ninarappaport.com.
Erica Stoller is the director of Esto, the photo agency that represents a group of architectural photographers and handles an archive of related images related to architecture, interiors, landscape, and more. The collection is based on the work of Ezra Stoller (1915 – 2004), her father, who began his career in the late 1930s and is known for his images of mid-century Modernism. The Esto archive is a source of information for scholars, photo researchers, and publishers. With her extensive experience with images of architecture, Erica understands the photographer’s point of view, the requirements of the client and the way images both depict and alter what is called “reality.” Beyond this realm, she is an artist, making wall sculpture of repurposed, industrial materials and is represented by A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn. For more information, visit esto.com.
Monday April 24, 6:30 pm
New Canaan Library, 151 Main St