What Is Falling Water?

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It was here that Architecture Forum’s editor made arrangements with the Chicago firm Hedrich-Blessing to photograph the building {B3 pg 257}. Wright expected to get the head photographer Ken Hedrich, but due to the remoteness of the site he sent his younger brother, the 25-year-old Bill Hedrich. Of the photos that he took, the one that would be recognized as the main shot and would become the iconic view of Fallingwater was disliked not only by the MOMA but Wright himself. Wright thought that the house looked too romantic and even said, “very acrobatic, did you think I designed this?” Even though the photo was very reminiscent of the hand rendering that an apprentice had done for Fallingwater [1]. It was Bill Hedrich who was first documented…show more content…
Ezra Stoller's intro on Fallingwater states that “Fallingwater is surely the most photogenic private building built in the twentieth century {B1 pg1}. Photogenic can be defined as forming an attractive subject for photography or having features that look well in a photograph. This could be said for many buildings, but there is something specific about buildings like the Barcelona pavilion and Fallingwater that from almost every conceivable angle you get the point or the concept behind the design. Not to say that someone with talent in photography would come out with the same as the everyday tourist, but the everyday tourist could come away with a photo that had the same meaning and information. Frank Lloyd Wright's quote at the beginning of this essay says a lot about what these photographs do for people. It's not about the specific image but imagining yourself on the site or in the home. The way a building is designed is the way that a building should be photographed. Has the building been “photographed to death?” No, every new lens on the building is a new moment to be analysed and interpreted further. Fallingwater has been built up to the point of being a celebrity as much as Wright himself and will constantly inspire new architects to think outside the box and push the boundaries of style. And it's through the two-dimensional representations of the building that people can get excited about
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