Balthazar Korab, Hungarian (1926 - 2013)

Balthazar Korab

Balthazar Korab (Hungarian: Koráb Boldizsár; 1926–2013) 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.

Highlights of Architectural Photography

Le Corbusier: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University; Unité d’Habitation, Marseille
Mies van der Rohe: Berlin National Gallery; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Louis Isadore Kahn: Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA; Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
Frank Lloyd Wright: Guggenheim Museum, New York; comprehensive coverage of all structures built between 1893 - 1959
Eero Saarinen: TWA Terminal, JFK Airport, NY; Dulles International Airport, Washington Metropolitan Area; St. Louis Arch; GM Technical Center, Detroit
Harry Weese: Arena Stage, Washington D.C.; Time-Life Building, Chicago
Minoru Yamasaki: World Trade Center North Tower and South Tower - comprehensive coverage of model through finished building
Frank Gehry: Own house in Santa Monica, CA; Weisman Museum, Minneapolis
Marcel Breuer: St. John's Abby, Collegeville, MN; Unesco Headquarters, Paris
Edward Larrabee Barnes: Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Philip Johnson: Transco Tower, Houston; Detroit One Center; Glass House, New Canaan, CT
I M Pei: Dallas City Hall, National Gallery East Wing, Washington, D.C.; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Cesar Pelli: City Hall San Bernardino, CA; Four Leaf Towers, Houston; Cleveland Clinic
Skidmore Owings Merrill: US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs; Lutheran Brotherhood, Minneapolis; Grinnell College, Iowa
Louis Sullivan: National Farmers Bank, Owatonna, MN; Carson Pirie Scott, Chicago

Honors and Career Highlights

1957 Sydney Opera House Competition – Fourth Prize
1958 Invited by Frank Lloyd Wright to join Taliesin
1964 American Institute of Architects Medal for Architectural Photography
1975 Michigan Society of Architects – Honorary Member
1977-1982 Governor’s Committee on Art in Public Places – Michigan
1984-1986 Design Editor – Metropolitan Detroit
1985 American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter – Honorary Member
1986 Arts Foundation of Michigan
1989 Michigan Society of Landscape Architects – Honorary Member
1998 Cranbrook Educational Community, President’s Design Advisory Committee
2007 American Institute of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award for Photography; Hungarian Institute of Architects, Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement

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