Ezra Stoller (1915-2004) is one of the most prominent architectural photographers of the 20th century. Over the years, Stoller worked with pioneers of modern American architecture and the most famous representatives of the modern era such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer. Stollerized is the term created by Ezra’s fellow architects to describe architecture that has fallen into the lens of Stoller.
After completing his primary architectural education and graduating from the Department of Industrial Design at New York University, Stoller began his career photographing the architectural models of his fellow students. He quickly realized that he could achieve much more in photography than in architecture, he made a choice in favour of two-dimensional space. Stoller worked a lot on orders from magazines, architectural companies, manufactories and large corporations. His photographs, published in Architectural Record, Architectural Forum, Fortune and House Beautiful, among others, have made a significant contribution to popularizing the new direction. Pulitzer Prize-winner American architecture critic, writer and New Yorker columnist Paul Goldberger writes: «His photographs are undoubtedly some of the most reproduced. They have played an important role in shaping the public’s perception of what modern architecture is.»
Although Stoller has positioned himself as a commercial photographer, the artistic qualities of his work are undeniable and make him an influential figure in the history of architectural photography.Already in 1950, his work became part of the Color Photography exhibition, curated by Edward Steichen, the legendary director of photography at MOMA in New York. This exhibition also featured works by Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Erwin Blumenfeld. Ezra Stoller became the first photographer to receive the American Institute of Architecture Gold Medal in 1961 for «shaping our perception of modern architecture».