Shulman, Julius, 1910-2009

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Shulman, Julius, (1910-2009), Photographer of Los Angeles, California. Throughout his long career, which began in the 1930s and ended with his death in 2009, photographer Julius Shulman created one of the most comprehensive visual chronologies of modern architecture and the development of the Los Angeles region. While he produced product and furniture photographs for designers, he is most acclaimed for his iconic images of mid-century modern buildings including the Case Study houses of Southern California. Shulman was born October 10, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1920. Throughout the 1930s, Shulman photographed historical locations in Los Angeles, and his real break occurred in 1936, when he photographed architect Richard J. Neutra's Kun House (Los Angeles, Calif.). He was subsequently asked by Neutra to photograph some of his other projects. Through his relationship with Neutra he was able to secure other architectural photography commissions, documenting the work of architects as R. M. Schindler, Raphael Soriano, Gregory Ain, J.R. Davidson, John Lautner and Pierre Koenig as well as many others. While he also shot product and furniture photographs for designers, he is most acclaimed for his iconic images of mid-century modern buildings including the Case Study houses of Southern California. Shulman's photographs have been widely published, and he has produced several monographs about his work, including: Photography of Architecture and Design: Photographing Buildings, Interiors, and the Visual Arts (1977), Architecture and its Photography (1998), Photographing Architecture and Interiors (2000), and Malibu: A Century of Living by the Sea (2005). Over the years Shulman became known as a strong proponent of modernist architecture and his photographs trained the spotlight on the architects whose work he featured. He received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architectural Photography Medal in 1969 and was made an honorary member of the AIA in 1987. In 1987 the L.A. Cultural Heritage Commission designated Shulman's Hollywood Hills home as a monument because it is the last unaltered steel-frame structure designed by Soriano. After a brief retirement in 1986, Shulman returned to work as a photographer and accepted assignments well into the 21st century. Julius Shulman died in his home at the age of 98 on July 15, 2009.
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referencedIn Hines, Thomas S. Thomas S. Hines interviews regarding Richard J. Neutra [sound recording], 1972-1980. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. Julius Shulman interview, 1990 Jan. 12 - Feb. 3. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Shulman, Julius : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
contributorOf Thomas S. Hines interviews regarding Richard J. Neutra, 1972-1980 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Asher, Betty. Betty Asher papers, 1860-1999. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. Portraits by Julius Shulman. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.). Audio tour of The Case Study House Program exhibition, 1990. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Fitch, James Marston. James Marston Fitch papers, 1933-2000. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Photography Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai. Entrance hall of the residence at 546 S. Rimpau, Los Angeles. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Betty Asher Papers, 1860-1999 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974. Louis I. Kahn photoprints, transparencies and negatives. University of Pennsylvania, Architectural Archives
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. University of Southern California collection of Julius Shulman photographs and drawings, 1943-1952. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. Getty Villa photographs, 2006 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. Julius Shulman photography archive. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Julius Shulman Photography Archive Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. Oral history interview with Julius Shulman 1990 Jan. 12-Feb. 3. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shulman, Julius. Julius Shulman interview, 1990 Jan. 12 - Feb. 3 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Abell, Thornton, 1906-1984. person
associatedWith Ain, Gregory, 1908-1988. person
associatedWith Albert C. Martin and Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Asher, Betty. person
associatedWith Buff & Hensman. corporateBody
associatedWith Buff, Straub and Hensman corporateBody
associatedWith Case Study House No. 9 (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Clark & Frey corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Frey & Chambers corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, John Porter. person
associatedWith Cody, William. person
associatedWith Davidson, Julius Ralph, b. 1889. person
associatedWith De Noriega, Taina Rikala person
associatedWith De Noriega, Taina Rikala, person
associatedWith Eames, Charles. person
associatedWith Eames House (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Eames, Ray person
associatedWith Ellwood, Craig. person
associatedWith Fitch, James Marston. person
associatedWith Frey, Albert, 1903-1998. person
associatedWith Frey & Chambers corporateBody
associatedWith Gault, Charles person
associatedWith Getty Villa (Malibu, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924 person
associatedWith Grossman, Greta Magnusson, 1906-1999. person
associatedWith Hines, Thomas S. person
associatedWith Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 person
associatedWith Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974. person
associatedWith Kesling, William, d. 1983 person
associatedWith Killingsworth, Brady, Smith and Associates corporateBody
associatedWith Koenig, Pierre. person
associatedWith László, Paul. person
associatedWith Lautner, John, 1911-1994. person
associatedWith Lee, S. Charles. person
associatedWith Morgan, Walls & Clements corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970. person
associatedWith Newsom, Joseph C. person
associatedWith Nogai, Jürgen person
associatedWith Photography Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai. corporateBody
associatedWith Rodia, Simon, 1879-1965 person
associatedWith Rosenheim, Alfred F. (Alfred Faist), 1859-1943 person
associatedWith Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 person
associatedWith Schindler, R. M. (Rudolph M.), 1887-1953. person
associatedWith Smith, Powell and Morgridge corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Whitney Rowland, 1911-2002. person
associatedWith Soriano, Raphael, 1904-1988. person
associatedWith Williams, Clark & Williams corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Stewart, 1909-2005 person
associatedWith Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959. person
associatedWith Wright, Lloyd, 1890-1978. person
associatedWith Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons corporateBody
associatedWith Wurster, William Wilson. person
associatedWith Zabludovsky, Abraham person
associatedWith Zwebell, Arthur person
associatedWith Zwebell, Nina person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Brooklyn NY US
Los Angeles CA US
Subject
Architectural photography
Art museum architecture
Architecture, Modern--20th century
Photographers--Interviews
Courtyard houses
Architecture--20th century
Occupation
Photographers
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Birth 1910-10-10

Death 2009-07-15

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