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HARRY SEIDLER'S PHOTO JOURNAL OF WORLD ARCHITECTURE ARCHITECT HARRY SEIDLER HAS SPENT MORE THAN 50 YEARS TRAVELING THE GLOBE, EXTENSIVELY PHOTOGRAPHING THE PEAK ACHIEVEMENTS IN ARCHITECTURE FROM 3000 B.C. TO THE PRESENT DAY. THANKS TO SOUND ADVICE GIVEN TO HIM EARLY ON BY HIS PHOTOGRAPHER BROTHER, MARCELL ("ONLY USE LEICA CAMERAS AND KODACHROME FILM, WHICH IS ARCHIVAL"), SEIDLER'S HOBBY QUICKLY DEVELOPED INTO A PASSION AND, FINALLY, AN IMPRESSIVE ARCHIVE OF WORLD ARCHITECTURE. INCLUDING, OF COURSE, MANY OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES, SEIDLER'S PHOTOGRAPHS ILLUSTRATE THE HISTORY AND STYLE--COUNTRY BY COUNTRY--OF ARCHITECTURE IN EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, ASIA, AND THE AMERICAS. DIVIDED INTO CHAPTERS BY COUNTRY, EACH WITH A BRIEF INTRODUCTION OUTLINING ITS ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY, GRAND TOUR OFFERS ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS, STUDENTS, ARCHITECTURE BUFFS, AND HISTORIANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BROWSE THE BUILDINGS OF THE WORLD THROUGH ONE MAN'S PHOTOGRAPHS--THE FRUITS OF A PASSIONATE, HALF-CENTURY ENDEAVOR.
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Seidler is considered one of Australia's foremost architects. He studied architecture at the University of Manitoba. In 1945-6 he attended the Master's class at Harvard University. He later studied design at Black Mountain College. During over fifty years of practice he has built a great variety of work from houses to skyscrapers, both in Australian cities and internationally.
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Globetrotting from the coffee table Jan 10, 2008
I'm an architect and I usually have my camera with me wherever I go, especially to take photos of landscapes and/or buildings that catch my fancy wherever I am.
That's the concept behind this lovely coffee table styled book from Taschen publishers. It's a collection of vivid photos of structures that caught the eye of architect Henry Seider. Taken all over the world (every continent is represented), they include the rock structures of Petra in Jordan, the gothic cathedral at Ulm, and the museum für Moderne Kurnst both in Germany, Isfahan mosque in Iran, works by Le Corbusier, Mies Van De Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, to mention a few, with minimal notes (and in a few cases, sketches) describing each project.
Structures range from historical (Petra, the pyramids and temples of Egypt), to classic, to modern, so there should be something for everyone.
As with every other book on architecture from Taschen which I own, this is a delight.
A beautiful 'art' book with a travelling and architecture theme - a feast for the eyes Sep 24, 2007
Some travellers notice people, others notice the differences in landscapes and natural formations, still others notice weather and climate and how it differs from their home, and yet others are hungry for the living culture of food and music they find in foreign places. And then there are those travellers who notice the architecture in each place they visit. Harry Seidler was the latter type. He travelled the world, and with his architect's eye, he noticed and photographed the famous and not-so-famous structures and buildings that appealed to him. These photos were then compiled into this pretty book.
Both Taschen and Phaedon, as publishers, are noted for their beautiful niche art and coffee-table books. This book is no exception; providing a series of beautifully photographed famous and/or architecturally significant buildings from around the world. This is not a theoretical nor an analytical book - and thank god, as there are plenty of those in the market already. This is an art book (i.e. a colour glossy photo book).
This is a book produced for the joy of looking at beautiful or significant buildings from across the world, across cultures and across the centuries. Apart from a brief written introduction accompanying each section, the reader is left free to enjoy the pictures, to travel in the imagination, to marvel at the architectural richness of the world, and most importantly, to make up our own minds as to the historical and aethetic worth of the different constructions on offer.
One need not be knowledgeable in architecture to enjoy this book. You only need an eye for beauty and an appreciation for human ingenuity and engineering. Enjoy!
A personal journey Mar 27, 2005
Harry Seidler is Australia's greatest living architect. His award winning domestic and international works are represented in a number good books. This book however, is a personal photographic journey through more than 50 years of travel. The photos are taken by Harry himself and the wily observer will even notice family members in some. It is a book that prompts the desire to travel to see unknown (to me at least) buildings that represent great architectural achievements of their time. Of course it also includes the famous and well known architectural wonders. When I am feeling nostalgic for travel and good architecture it is one of the first books I pick up.
AMAZING COLLECTION GREAT PICTURES Apr 30, 2004
An amazing and wonderful image collection of the greatest architectural master pieces from around the world.
I can only hope to be able to visit a fraction of these places in my own time. Great to be able to see them here!
A must for anyone interested in great architecture and photographs.
good photos only Dec 1, 2003
I've previewed some pages of this book on the official site of Taschen. Then I bought this book with the thought that there would be good analysis about those great architectures,since this book entitled with "...an architect's eye". When I got this book I feel a little bit of dissapointment because this book is merely a collection of mostlt "western" architecture photos. With few analysis on these masterpieces,I suggest those who interest in real architectural books go browse Google for pics rather than buying this book.