Balthazar Korab (born 1926 – died 2013) was a photographer based in Detroit, Michigan specializing in architectural, art and landscape photography. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, and migrated to France after fleeing from Hungary’s communist government in 1949. At the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France, he completed a diploma of architecture in 1954. For a time, he was a journeyman under the direction of leading European architects, including Le Corbusier.
In 1955, Korab arrived in the United States, and Eero Saarinen employed him to photograph the architectural design process. The architectural community in Detroit has embraced Korab’s career, and many firms have retained him to document their building and private home projects. In 1956 he was awarded fourth place in the international design competition for the Sydney Opera House. In 1994, American President Bill Clinton presented a portfolio of Balthazar Korab’s photography to Árpád Göncz, the president of Hungary.
Korab died on January 15, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife Monica and two children, Christian and Alexandra.
All images from “Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography” by John Comazzi; Princeton Architectural Press
We would love to hear from you on what you think about this post. We sincerely appreciate all your comments.
If you like this post please share it with friends. And feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss ideas for your next project!
Frank Cunha III
I Love My Architect – Facebook
FC3 ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN, LLC
P.O. Box 335, Hamburg, NJ 07419
Licensed in NJ, NY, PA, DE, CT.
Of a sharp
Fence of shadows
Careful not to get wounded
Careful not to bleed.
I was lost temporarily
From the presence
Of overlapping lines
And of mistakes.
There could be more
Of these picket fences
Of these thin soldiers
Of these dark knights
That stood on ground
Still and firm
Of the lines
Before the Boys got their Thanksgiving haircuts I wanted to memorialize their golden locks.
Don’t let their good looks fool, you these kids are tough like hockey players. Happy Thanksgiving!
Being an Architect who is an aspiring Artist & Photographer I feel like this collage/montage demonstrates the ability of the Architect’s eye to capture light, shapes, and textures of the city on a new and interesting way. I hope that by experimenting with my skills as an Architect/Artist/Photographer I can offer a new perspective on things to my audience. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do.