Sunday, January 13, 2008

Julius Shulman, Iconic Mid-Century Architectural Photographer

This is Julius Shulman's photograph of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22 which overlooks the Hollywood Hills. This photograph has become one of the most widely published images in the history of architecture. According to Shulman the two women in the photo were girlfriends of two of the architects working with Koenig on the house.

There are a number of resources available covering Julius Shulman's photographic career. Here are just a few to learn about the man and his work:

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles California houses an archive
of his work. The museum boasts a collection of over 260,000 images and has used the catalog to produce various exhibits of his work. Shulman's work is as well known as the modern architecture which he photographed including building by

The publisher, Taschen, has produced two amazing works which chronicle the photographic career of Julius Shulman:

Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered
(3 vols.)
This 3 book set has over 300 photos selected by Shulman to include in the book
Julius Shulman: Architecture and It's Photography
The west coast modern architecture from the 1930's through the 1960's.

An interview with Shulman in which he explains the importance of photographing people inhabiting the architecture to show the functionality of the space.

The online image collection at The University of Southern California (USC) provides a quick overview of Shulman's more famous works.

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