Images of
and the
Built Environment

On November 19, Erica Stoller will take a close look at rarely-seen images of several New York buildings, including models and construction, and will discuss decisions that were part of the image-making process.

Ezra Stoller Photographer considers the scope of work by the dean of American architectural photographers whose iconic images of 20th-century masterpieces are seen as aiding the rise of Modernism in America and elevating architectural photography to an art form.

Erica Stoller is director of Esto, the photographic agency founded by her father. She is the co-author with Nina Rappaport of “Ezra Stoller Photographer“.

“Looking Twice: Tracking Urban Construction through Photographs”

Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 pm

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, in Battery Park City

While the book talk is free, reservations are requested. RSVP to or  call 212-945-6324.

The gallery opens at 6:00 pm to view the current exhibit SKY HIGH.



On his way home the other evening, David Sundberg happened upon this set.  He wrote:

Living in New York, film shoots seem to be perennial events.  This is down the street from us on the Lower East Side, for a new TV show, “The Knick”, set in 1900 New York,  directed by Steven Soderbergh.  The set was very dark, darker than it looks here, lit by real gaslight. Camera set at 25,000 ISO.

There is a NY Times piece about The Knick, but David’s view of the set is only here.

Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the new Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, designed by Weiss/Manfredi, are featured in the November 2013 issue of Architectural Record.  In the article,  Joann Gonchar writes, “At Singh, Manfredi and Weiss have thoroughly melded landscape and building, integrating the project into Penn’s campus, and making it difficult to tell where nature ends and architecture begins.”

Albert’s images also appear in a piece in Architecture, where the lead-in reads: Weiss/Manfredi turns the strict requirements for a nanotech lab on a dense urban campus into forward-facing design features.  The full article, including more photographs is here.

There is also an earlier post about the building, and one that shows Albert on the job.


Jade Doskow is featured in Archinect’s ongoing series In Focus.  The series profiles the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better.  The interview explores her ongoing documentations of World’s Fair sites as modern icons.

There are a number of images included in the profile; more of her work is at  EstoStock and her site,


Beyond the Assignment, an exhibition of architectural photographs curated by Bilyana Dimitrova, is on view at the Woodbury University’s Shulman Institute in LA from October 5 to November 1. The show included the work of Esto’s Peter Aaron along with a number of other contemporary  photographers. An interview with Peter was included in the exhibition catalogue.

In the midst of this year’s world series, there is a new Esto Gallery: Baseball Stadium Architecture. Game 6 of the World Series heads back to Fenway Park tonight.  There are photographs of Fenway and the old Busch stadium in St. Louis, as well as others that haven’t been visible during the post-season.

Of the Gallery, Deane Madsen writes:

Even architects can get antsy waiting for the next game in an unexpectedly contentious World Series. With the Boston Red Sox tying the series with the St. Louis Cardinals late last night, we’re guaranteed another night at Busch Stadium as well as a return trip to Fenway Park in Boston. What better way to decide allegiances between games than with comparisons of baseball stadium architecture? Esto photographers have documented several past and present hallowed halls dedicated to the “national pastime,” from bleachers to boxes, and from lights to locker rooms. If your hometown team isn’t represented here, well, better luck next season!

See the full Esto Gallery at, or see more stadium images at EstoStock.


Anton Grassl recently photographed a new residential complex at the Rutgers University campus  in Piscataway NJ.
After the job was complete, he received these accolades from Luis Bernardo, a principal at Design Collective, the architects of the project:

“I just got images back from the first photo shoot at Rutgers University. [Anton's] photography really captured the project like no other. I have worked with many photographers over the years and Anton is one of the easiest and most personable, talented professionals I have had the pleasure to work with.”

The AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture has a show at the West 4th Street Subway station called New York New World.

The show presents the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe. The images are located in the two southern corridors of the West 4th Street Subway station.

Included in the show are a number of photographs by Esto photographers:

David Sundberg: New Settlement Community Campus by Dattner Architects

Jeff Goldberg: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts by Ennead;  Public Theater NYC by Ennead Architects; Stanford University Bing Concert Hall by Ennead; Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead; Stocking Hall Rehabilitation Cornell University by Mitchell | Giurgola Architects; Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion by Ennead

Albert Vecerka: Harlem Village Academies High School by Cooper, Robertson & Partners; PAVE Academy by Mitchell | Giurgola Architects

The entrance fee to the show is $2.50, and that includes a subway ride.

Jim Brueckner shared this image of Anton Grassl, in a lift, while at Maine General Hospital.  The new building in Augusta is designed by TRO JB Architects.


The New York State AIA has announced its 2013 Design Awards.  

We are pleased that a number of projects photographed by Esto photographers are included among the winners.

In the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category, the Yale University Art Gallery won an Award of Excellence.  Jeff Goldberg recently photographed the Gallery for Ennead.

Francis Dzikowski photographed The Lincoln Center LCT3 Theater by H3Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  The theater received an Award of Excellence in the Institutional category.

Four projects that won Citations for Design in the Institutional category were photographed by Esto as well:  Albert Vecerka documented the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Weiss/Manfredi; David Sundberg photographed the 9/11 Memorial by Frederick Schwartz Architects; both the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University by Ennead and the Collaborative Research Center at Rockefeller University by Mitchell/Giurgola were photographed by Jeff Goldberg.

Dattner and Grimshaw’s Via Verde, with David Sundberg’s images, won the Award of Excellence in the Residential/Multi-Family Category.

Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the East River Blueway Plan by WXY Architects won two awards: The Best in NY State Award and an Award for Excellence in the Urban Planning/Design category.