Architectural photographer Balthazar Korab passed away yesterday, January 15, 2013, at the age of 86. (Obituary in the Detroit Free Press can be found here) Korab had a history photographing the Miller House & Garden that spanned 40 years and totaled 1,808 images. He began his relationship with Miller House as a designer in the office of Eero Saarinen & Associates and at one point attempted to design a sculptural fireplace for the house. These plans were never realized. Korab maintained a personal relationship with Millers, photographing the house on eighteen confirmed dates between 1961 and 1992. His work captured Miller House & Garden during different seasons and documented changes in and around the home throughout the years. These contact sheets and sample copy photo are from different visits Korab took to Columbus, Indiana. Based on examining the objects in the house in the photographs, the black and white contact sheet and sample copy photo were taken after 1962 and the color contact sheet after 1979. More examples of Korab’s work done at Miller House & Garden can be found in John Comazzi’s recent book Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2012. Korab’s photos also appear in Bradley C. Brooks’ Miller House and Garden published by Assouline in 2011.
Comazzi, John. (2012) Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Photographs by Balthazar Korab, 38/4-6, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_II_B038_f006_023-024, MHG_II_B038_f005_011-012, MHG_II_B038_f004_002-003)