I had the good fortune of forging a most special friendship with Julius Shulman, the legendary architectural photographer and iconic chronicler of the rise of Los Angeles’ modern era, who died July 15 at the age of 98. I believe one of the central elements of our connection was that we both grew up in this fair city of the angels and we both truly loved Los Angeles for all its richness.
Los Angeles has long held a fascination with the visual; beholden to looks, surfaces and images, it is a city where even the buildings seem to strike a pose. So it might seem surprising that until now, there’s never been an institution here devoted to photography. But that all changes this week with the opening of the stunning new Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City.
An appreciation of Julius Shulman, the still much-in-demand architectural photographer famous for his photos of Modernist homes, who turned 97 a few weeks ago.
Architecture is for the photographer Julius Shulman what green peppers and sand dunes were for Edward Weston or Yosemite for Ansel Adams. Born in 1910, Shulman's iconic images have become a staple of every book or magazine that touches on the subject of modern architecture.
On March 5, 1936, Julius Shulman was awestruck when he saw the Hollywood Hills home designed by legendary California Modernist architect Richard Neutra.