Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered

Frey Residence I by Albert Frey, Palm Springs, California, 1956.
Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission.
Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

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Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered

An exhaustive dig through photographer's vaults reintroduces the evocative era of Californian modernism...

There’s a tendency for architectural photography to be cold and impersonal, favouring the building and its details over its place in the real world; its context, surroundings, and perhaps most importantly, its inhabitants.

Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered. TASCHEN

Not so in the work of Julius Shulman, the American photographer whose evocative images of mid-century, Southern Californian architecture defined the aesthetic of that time — elevating the rise of modernism is places like Palm Springs to a mythical level. Not limited to the West Coast, Shulman’s photography took him as far as Israel and Hong Kong on his ceaseless study of Californian modernism.

A new edition of TASCHEN’s Modernism Rediscovered sees over 400 architectural treasures pulled from Shulman’s archives; each project and photograph painstakingly selected by Benedikt Taschen (who enjoyed a close working relationship with the photographer, having published 1998’s Julius Shulman: Architecture and Its Photography) from over 260,000 images. The photographer’s knack for presenting architecture in context, alongside an intuitive sense of timing and composition earned him the reputation of a great in his field; his work also instrumental in cementing the image of the midcentury Southern California lifestyle across both the United States and the world at large.

Spanning three volumes, this impressive document of Shulman’s irrepressible style is a welcome reminder of one of architecture’s most captivating moments. Expect projects from architects and designers like Frank Gehry; William Beckett; Albert Frey; Bruce Goff; Herb Greene; John Lautner; Paul László; Le Corbusier; Charles Luckman; Oscar Niemeyer; William L. Pereira; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Raphael Soriano; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Welton Becket Associates; and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Residence by William Alexander, Los Angeles, California, 1952

Residence by William Alexander, Los Angeles, California, 1952. Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

Mathias Goeritz at his home, which was co-designed with Ricardo Legorreta

Mathias Goeritz at his home, which was co-designed with Ricardo Legorreta, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1973. Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

Greenberg Residence by Buff & Hensman, Palos Verdes, California, 1966

Greenberg Residence by Buff & Hensman, Palos Verdes, California, 1966.
Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission.
Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

Modernism Rediscovered
Modernism Rediscovered
Woods Residence (The Dome House) by Soleri & Mills

Woods Residence (“The Dome House”) by Soleri & Mills, Cave Creek, Arizona, 1950. Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

Roberts Residence by Weston, Byles & Rudolph

Roberts Residence by Weston, Byles & Rudolph, Malibu, California, 1953. Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

Greene Residence (Prairie Chicken House) by Herb Greene, Norman, Oklahoma, 1961

Greene Residence (“Prairie Chicken” House) by Herb Greene, Norman, Oklahoma, 1961.
Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission.
Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

Lever House by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

View of the Lever House by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (viewed through the colonnade of Philip Johnson’s Seagram Building), New York, New York, 1959. Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

British Overseas Airline Company by Risley & Gould, Beverly Hills, California, 1961

British Overseas Airline Company by Risley & Gould, Beverly Hills, California, 1961. Photograph: Julius Shulman. © J.Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.