Thursday, July 16, 2009

Remembering Julius Shulman

"If Southern California and is culture were built on salesmanship, Julius Shulman sold the place as well as everyone," writes LA Times architectural critic Christopher Hawthorne in his tribute to Shulman, who passed away today at the grand, passionate age of 98. To paraphrase Hawthorne: Shulman's photographs, staged as tableaus promoting the idea -- and ideal -- of modern Southern California living, changed the course not only of Los Angeles history, but also of the architectural profession -- at home and abroad. Photo gallery.

Shulman's work spans a large part of the 20th Century, but his oeuvre will be forever associated with California's Modernist architecture and lifestyle. His close collaboration with the Case Study House movement, and architects such as Neutra, Saarinen, Niemeyer, the Eames and John Lautner, defined an entire design era -- to this day. Shulman leaves an unparalleled legacy; an ode to architecture and photography, but most of all to California's "simply glorious" living.
UPDATE: Postrcript: Julius Shulman in LAmag
UPDATE: Goodbye, Julius Shulman on KCRW's DnA
UPDATE: Photo tribute in Fast Company
photo Julius Shulman Photography Archive/Getty Research Library

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