The wonderfully stark, shadowy, linear shots of photographer Ezra Stoller set in New York City.

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Walking into an exhibition of Ezra Stoller photographs induces a specific kind of vertigo. Tightly grouped zones of square, white frames regiment the wall planes of the white-cubic gallery space; within the frames, monuments of 20th century modernism continue to reflect their mysterious light, vanguards of the era now as embedded in the collective mindframe as the temples of antiquity. Stoller’s articulation of the various species of heroic modernism — whether gridded (Seagram Building), biomorphic (TWA Terminal at Idlewild), or volumetrically motley (Fallingwater) — classifies and idealizes them in ways architecture itself would have been unable to achieve without the great architectural photographers of the era.  (Alan Rapp/Urban Omnibus)

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