Photographing All the Remaining Wright Buildings

Our recent story about a Lloyd Wright home in Wilshire Park coincided nicely with a story we saw today in Curbed LA about a Phoenix-based photographer attempting to document all the remaining 531 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including two in Los Angeles – Hollyhock House and the Ennis House.  Wright worked on both of these famous California designs with his son Lloyd Wright, the architect of record on the Weber residence in Wilshire Park.

Curbed LA,  which spoke to photographer Andrew Pielage when he was in town last week, reported:

“A student of desert topography and the outdoors, Pielage often compares Wright’s work to the inspiring landscapes that gave him his start, and takes similar approaches to covering and capturing his home and buildings.

“When I go through his homes, I look for intimate views and tiny details that people often miss when they look at the whole picture,” he told Curbed. “Touring these properties, where the floor is as exciting as the ceiling, has changed how I do my photography. I often switch to landscape mode and capture the floor and furniture in one shot, then take a photo of the ceiling, then stack them up in Photoshop to provide the entire view.”

Pielage’s trip, documented on Instagram, was the latest excursion in an ongoing quest to photograph all of Wright’s work. The former nature photographer has made plenty of headway, but he’s still a lot closer to the starting line, having shot 52 of the architect’s 531 projects around the world, beginning with Taliesin West in 2011. The recently demolished Lockridge Medical Center would have been number 532.”

Below are a few of the Pielage’s spectacular images that appeared in Curbed LA’s story.

Ennis House in Los Angeles. All images by Andrew Pielage from Curbed LA
Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. All images by Andrew Pielage from Curbed LA

Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. All images by Andrew Pielage from Curbed LA

About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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