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Balthazar Korab (Hungarian: Koráb Boldizsár; 1926–2013) was a Hungarian-American photographer based in Detroit, Michigan specializing in architectural, art and landscape photography. Korab was born in Budapest, Hungary, and migrated to France after fleeing from Hungary's communist government in 1949. At the École des beaux-arts in Paris, he completed a diploma of architecture in 1954.

For a time, he was a journeyman under the direction of leading European architects, including Le Corbusier. In 1955, Korab arrived in the United States, and Eero Saarinen employed him to photograph the architectural design process. The architectural community in Detroit has embraced Korab's career, and many firms have retained him to document their building and private home projects. In 1956 he was awarded fourth place in the international design competition for the Sydney Opera House.

Korab documented the 1966 flood of the Arno in Florence, Italy in 1994, American President Bill Clinton presented a portfolio of Balthazar Korab's photography to Árpád Göncz, the president of Hungary.

Korab died on January 15, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife Monica and two children, Christian and Alexandra. Today, Korab's collection is held at the Library of Congress.


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