Julius Shulman, one of the great master of architectural
photography, is the preeminent recoreder of early California
modernism. By 1927, when he was sixteen, Shulman was already using
the family Brownie box camera to document his Southern Californis
surroundings and experiences; in 1936, his professional career was
launched when he sent Richard Neutra some uncommissioned
photographs of the architect's Kun House. Shulman went on to
document the famous Case Study House Program (architects included
Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen) and also
the architecure of the 1930s through the 1980s, especially that of
Southern California, but also country and worldwide. His subjects
included the buildings of R.M. Schindler, John Lautner, Raphael
Soriano, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer,
among many others. Through his work, Shulman defined the image of
Los Angeles and framed the architecture of the time for a global
In addition to an overview of Shulman's career and photographic
oevre, this book emphasizes Shulman's method of "constructing"
photographic views. These contructions, which complemented his
innate ability to compose striking photographs, often transcends
reality to capture the spirit, time and place of a work of
architecture. An analysis of architecture's visual presentation
examines not only the media of the era--John Entenza's "Arts &
Architecture, for instance--but also the work of Shulman's
Joseph Rosa is chief curator of the National Building Museum in
Washington, D.C., and the author of numerous essays and books,
including Rizzoli's "Albert Frey, Architect. He received his
architecture degreefrom Columbia University and is currently a
doctoral candidate in the university's Graduate School of
Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Ester McCoy was the formost architectural historian of Southern
California. Her books include "Modern California Houses, Five
California Architects, and "Vienna to Los Angeles: Two
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