Robert C. LautmanRobert Clayton Lautman (November 8, 1923 - October 20, 2009) was an American architectural photographer.
Born in Butte, Montana, his first photographs were made with a box camera for his junior high school yearbook. After attending Montana State University in Bozeman for a year, he traveled east, working briefly as a copyboy for ''The Washington Post'', then enlisting in the Army during World War II.
He became a combat photographer in the Army, and volunteered to parachute onto Corregidor. Despite having never previously made a jump, he landed safely, photographed combat scenes and returned under fire to deliver his film to a waiting PT boat.
He was awarded the first of two Bronze Stars for his work on Corregidor. The second award was with Army Rangers who conducted a daring raid of the Cabanatuan prison camp in the Philippines, liberating 513 prisoners of the Japanese. That raid has been the subject of movies and books.
Following the war, he worked in several photo studios in New York, ultimately establishing in 1948, his own photography business in Washington, DC. By 1954, he was carrying as standard equipment "a lineman's pole climbers and safety belt for shooting from telephone poles and trees" In 1996, he was still going out on a limb, dangling from the end of a construction cranes at the National Cathedral to get the right angle.
The House Committee on Un-American Activities called him to testify in 1954. He was amongst 11 Washington, DC area residents that refused to answer the committee's questions that year on constitutional grounds. That experience did not appear to harm his career, as soon many modernist architects became loyal clients.
In the 1960s, Maryland developer James Rouse hired him to photograph many of his projects across the United States. His national reputation began to grow, and his work began to appear in magazines such as ''Home and Garden'', ''House Beautiful'', ''Architectural Digest'', ''Elle'', ''Smithsonian'' and others. Provided by Wikipedia