Architect Harry Seidler spent
more than 50 years traveling the globe, extensively photographing the
peak achievements in architecture from 3000 B.C. to the present day.
Thanks to sound advice given to him early on by his photographer brother
Marcell (“Only use Leica cameras and Kodachrome film, which is
archival”), Seidler’s hobby quickly developed into a passion and,
finally, an impressive archive of world architecture.
Including, of course, many of the world’s most famous architectural structures, Seidler’s photographs illustrate the history and style—country by country—of architecture in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. Divided into chapters by country, each with a brief introduction outlining its architectural history, The Grand Tour offers
armchair travelers, students, architecture buffs, and historians the
opportunity to browse the buildings of the world through one man’s
photographs—the fruits of a passionate, half-century endeavor.