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
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 a unique international tour of buildings ancient, old, modern, and always spectacular.