Friday, July 17, 2009

Remembering architectural photography pioneer JULIUS SHULMAN

It was a rainy afternoon, and the two of us sat on the patio of his treehouse-like Soriano home (adjacent to his home office) in the Hollywood Hills discussing his storied career....He was 92 and full of stories to tell and images to show.

Back in 2002, I had the pleasure of interviewing the great (and original) photographer, Modernist architecture romanticizer and Taschen Books darling JULIUS SHULMAN, who has passed away at the age of 98. Here is the resulting article:

Shulman brought the whole bold, wild and often wacky world of Modernism to life with his photos of exciting experiments by Schindler, Neutra, Koenig, Lautner and the aforementioned Soriano. My personal favorites are the homes of Albert Frey, pictured here, which Shulman's photos introduced me to. Shulman's body of work is now at the Getty and, more accessibly, in a dozen Taschen books (Taschen's main store is on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, with a second store at the Farmer's Market).

When you think about it, Shulman actually outlived Modernism, Googie, Tiki, and all of the rest of the regional architecture movements and lived to see a post-Modernism that constantly attempts to steal from them, pay tribute to them, reconfigure them. Good for Julius!

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