Hedrich Blessing archive now at VIEW
VIEW has been appointed to represent the historical archive of Hedrich Blessing, one of the world’s finest architectural photography studios. The Hedrich Blessing historical collection covers the period 1929 to 1979 - the first fifty years of Hedrich Blessing’s work.
Press release: April 2012
The collection contains important early images of the period’s leading modern architecture in America, most notably by architects Burnham and Root, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.
It also includes photographs from A Century of Progress International Exposition, the world fair held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city’s centenary.
Architectural photographers Ken Hedrich and Henry Blessing founded Hedrich Blessing Photography in Chicago in 1929. In 1937 Architectural Forum magazine commissioned the studio to photograph the then newly completed projects of Frank Lloyd Wright, images that were later to become some of the most memorable of the American architect’s work, including those from his studio at Taliesin, and the Kaufmann residence in Pennsylvania known as Fallingwater.
As the firm’s reputation grew, Hedrich Blessing Photography became closely associated with the modernist movement, particularly as practiced by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, but also Albert Kahn, Buckminster Fuller, Eero Saarinen and Skidmore Owings and Merrill.
Images from this significant photographic archive are available for licensing via VIEW’s website. The collection will also be made available through VIEW’s extensive distribution network across Europe, Asia and North America.
© Bill Hedrich/Hedrich Blessing/Chicago History Museum/UIG/VIEW