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Julius Shulman

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Julius Shulman. 'Neutra, Singleton House'

Julius Shulman.
'Neutra, Singleton House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Frey, Loewy House, Palm Springs'

Julius Shulman.
'Frey, Loewy House, Palm Springs'

Edition of 60
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Julius Shulman. 'Frey, Frey House, Palm Springs'

Julius Shulman.
'Frey, Frey House, Palm Springs'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Neutra, Von Sternberg House'

Julius Shulman.
'Neutra, Von Sternberg House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Lautner, Arango House'

Julius Shulman.
'Lautner, Arango House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Skinner, Skinner House'

Julius Shulman.
'Skinner, Skinner House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Wright, Freeman House'

Julius Shulman.
'Wright, Freeman House'

Edition of 60
US$ 4,500
Julius Shulman. 'Eames, Case Study House #8'

Julius Shulman.
'Eames, Case Study House #8'

Edition of 60
US$ 5,000
Julius Shulman. 'Neutra, Kaufman House'

Julius Shulman.
'Neutra, Kaufman House'

Edition of 60
US$ 5,000
Julius Shulman. 'Koenig, Case Study House #22'

Julius Shulman.
'Koenig, Case Study House #22'

Edition of 60
US$ 12,500

From the Archives

Biography

Julius Shulman

American photographer Julius Shulman’s images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. A book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Pierre Koenig’s remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman’s photography. The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building’s surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs. Today, a great many of the buildings documented by Shulman have disappeared or been crudely converted, but the thirst for his pioneering images is stronger than ever before.

Julius Shulman

American photographer Julius Shulman’s (1910–2009) images of Californian buildings have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century so deeply that a book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. His photographs elevated the Californian mid century modernism found in places like Palm Springs, to the level of myth. In 1936 Shulman was enlisted by a friend, working as a draftsman for Richard Neutra, to take photographs of a new Kun Residence in Hollywood with his amateur Kodak Vest Pocket camera. When Neutra saw the pictures, he asked to meet the photographer and proceeded to give him his first assignments. Soon Shulman opened a studio in Los Angeles and launched his career, working mostly for New York based magazines.

Many of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Pierre Koenig’s remarkable structures, continue to be published. His images of the Stahl House for example, have become iconic. Shulman’s photography was the first to shed light on the brilliance of architects like Charles Eames. TASCHEN books on modern design include countless images by Shulman and a number of photography books also select Shulman’s best images, compiling them into comprehensive monographs like Modernism Rediscovered. His work is imbued with such clarity that it can be attributed with defining architectural photography as a category of its own.

Each Shulman photograph unites perception and understanding of the building with its place in the landscape. The compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind the surface, but also the visions of the larger project of modernism, including new ideas about domestic living. A great many of the residences and erections documented by Shulman have been demolished or re-purposed over time. The Getty Research Institute in LA has archived, preserved and exhibited his images, contributing to the increasing popularity and consumption of his work.