From the vernacular movie theatres of the 1930s to libraries, private residences, universities, and performance halls, Prospect features Schiff’s quintessentially American work—kaleidoscopic and vibrantly colored large format prints that offer up a new way of seeing and interpreting the architectural landscape. Counted among the more than 200 photographs in Prospect are buildings by the titans of architecture: Norman Foster, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Zaha Hadid and Renzo Piano. From visionary works by Thomas Jefferson to spectacular hotel resort developments, museums and the public spaces that define the fantasy skyline of Las Vegas, Schiff has logged hundreds of thousands of miles across the United States in rediscovering this rich repository of buildings. In Prospect, Schiff’s steady and unrestrained visual language forcefully combines in a remarkable corpus that will broadly appeal to architects, designers, photographers, filmmakers and those interested in the visual arts. Designed by Los Angeles-based Waxel, the book also features a compelling new essay by noted writer, Michael Speaks.
Thomas R. Schiff began experimenting with panoramic photography in the mid-1980s, a period in which he also helped found Images Center, Cincinnati’s premier gallery for exhibiting photography. In 1994, Schiff began using the Hulcherama 360 Panoramic camera which he continues to use in his prolific practice. A native of Cincinnati, Schiff is the founder of FotoFocus Cincinnati, a citywide celebration of photographic and lens-based art. He is currently at work on a book about the architectural legacy of J. Irwin Miller and the city of Columbus, Indiana.