Partnership between Esto Photographics Inc. and Artstor: Ezra Stoller Archive
ARTstor is collaborating with Esto Photographics Inc. to digitize up to 70,000 images from the Ezra Stoller archive to be added to the ARTstor Digital Library.
Founded in 1966 as an architectural photo agency, Esto now arranges new photography assignments for collaborating architectural photographers including Peter Aaron, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss, David Sundberg, Jeffrey Totaro, and Albert Vecerka. Esto also manages a comprehensive stock photography archive related to architecture, interior design, antiques, folk art, and Americana. Two important collections from the stock archive, those of Ezra Stoller and Wayne Andrews, will be distributed through ARTstor for scholarly and academic uses. While Esto’s partnership with ARTstor will initially focus on the Stoller and Andrews archives, future collaborations may involve Esto’s archive of current assignment photography, as well as additional content from the stock archive, which includes the work of approximately 60 different photographers.
Though he had no formal training in photography, Ezra Stoller is widely recognized as the leading American architectural photographer of the 20th century. He brought an architect’s eye to the challenge of capturing complex buildings on film, often using non-architectural elements to comment on the structures themselves. He photographed the buildings of renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Louis I. Kahn, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, and Richard Meier. His iconic images — typically shot with deep focus in crisp black-and-white — would come to define the modern movement. Stoller also served as a critic, interpreting architecture through images rather than words, and leaving a long-lasting influence on architectural taste in the 20th century.
For more detailed information about this collection visit Ezra Stoller Archive page.