• Format: Hardcover
• Category: Architecture – Individual Architect
• Publisher: Rizzoli
• Trim Size: 11 x 11
• US Price: $60.00
• CAN Price: $69.00
• ISBN: 978-0-8478-3599-7
Edited by Lynda Waggoner, Photographed by Christopher Little, Essays contributed by David G. De Long, Rick Darke, Neil Levine, Justin Gunther, John Reynolds, and Robert Silman
The Wall Street Journal, David Netto
“The fabled house Frank Lloyd Wright built for the Kaufmann family over a stream in southwestern Pennsylvania turns 75 this year. Below are bits of wisdom gleaned from ‘Fallingwater,’ a new book edited by Lynda Waggoner and with beautiful photography by Christopher Little.”
From Rizzoli: About the Book
A landmark volume to commemorate the Seventy-fifth anniversary of arguably the most significant private residence of the twentieth century. With stunning new photography commissioned especially for this book, A landmark volume to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of arguably the most significant private residence of the twentieth century. With stunning new photography commissioned especially for this book, Fallingwater captures the much-loved masterpiece by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright following its recent restoration. Built in 1936 for Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann, Fallingwater is hailed as a twentieth-century masterpiece—a marvel of innovation and daring that appears to float over rushing falls. This volume is a major event in the story of this icon, with new authoritative texts on Fallingwater’s history, structure, restoration, and collections, including the house’s relationship to its setting and its importance to the sustainability movement; its meaning in the context of Wright’s body of work; the analysis and planning process that went into Fallingwater’s restoration and how a seemingly unsolvable problem was overcome through modern engineering. Destined to become the lasting volume on this seminal monument, the book is a tribute to genius and the long-awaited reconsideration of this masterwork.
From Rizzoli: About the Authors
Lynda Waggoner is Fallingwater’s director and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Christopher Little is an acclaimed photographer whose work was featured in the seminal volume Fallingwater (1986). David G. De Long is professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and author of numerous architecture volumes. Rick Darke is an award-winning author of books such as The American Woodland Garden. Justin Gunther is curator of Buildings and Collections at Fallingwater. Neil Levine is the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard. John Reynolds is associate professor of architecture at Miami University of Ohio. Robert Silman is president of Robert Silman Associates and directed the strengthening of Fallingwater in 2002.
When Lynda Waggoner asked me to re-photograph Mr. Wright’s masterpiece, I was thrilled. It had been twenty-five years since I worked with Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. on Fallingwater—A Frank Lloyd Wright Country House. So I thank Lynda for the opportunity, for her friendship, and for the farsightedness with which she leads Fallingwater today. The publishing team of Douglas Curran, David Morton, and the visionary Charles Miers were incredibly supportive of my efforts, and I owe them commensurate gratitude.
For the technically-minded: All the photographs I made for this volume were taken with Canon’s remarkable 35mm digital 5D Mark II—a testament to its versatility, feature set, and quality. Primarily, I used lenses from Canon’s tilt-shift series: the TS-E 45mm f2.8, the TS-E 24mm f3.5, and the TS-E 90mm f2.8 as well as Schneider’s 28mm f2.8 perspective-control Super-Angulon. Tilt-shift or perspective-control lenses give a conventional camera some of the movements possible with a view camera, but they have other advantages in the digital world. A wide interior, for example—and there are many at Fallingwater—can be shot using a technique known as “stitching.” Set your camera on a sturdy tripod, and take one exposure with a shift lens. Then shift the lens horizontally to the left. Take another exposure. Shift right, and take a third. Stitch the three images together for an completely undistorted panoramic view.
The human eye has a dynamic contrast ratio of about 1,000,000:1 (about 20 f-stops, for you photographers). This far exceeds the capability of film or digital photography. How does one preserve detail in deep shadows and bright highlights so the final image is close to what the human eye perceives? Imagine Fallingwater’s living room, dark within, looking out into the sunlight as Wright intended. Secure your camera on a tripod, and take three exposures of the identical scene. Expose first for the midtones as one normally would; then grossly overexpose to capture shadow detail; finally underexpose to prevent the highlights from blowing out. The last step is to meld the three images into one. The resulting tone-mapped image reveals most of the dynamic range captured. I call it “exposure amalgamation.” Even though most of the images in this book have used this liberating technique, Fallingwater’s interiors still need the benefit of judicious fill-lighting. In summary, none of the pictures has been otherwise manipulated. Hue and saturation have not been “goosed,” nor has their color balance been altered.
Software: HDRsoft from France, PTGui Pro from Holland, and the time-proven Adobe Photoshop.
It was a great privilege to photograph Fallingwater again and to have the run of the house. I photographed in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Never once did I tire of the experience. There were always unexpected nuances and new images to discover. I encourage everyone to visit this national treasure. It is a work of art.
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