Julius Shulman – 1910-2009
We lost one of the masters on Weds. Night., July 15th, 2009
At 98 years old â€œOne Shot â€œ Shulman, never stopped.
Never stopped shooting, (he photographed the new Annneberg Space for Photography this spring) and never stopped touching the lives of so many people.
His subjects were the Modernism architecture of people like Neutra ,Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, and John Lautner.
The most famous of his pieces is, no doubt, Case Study No.22, exemplifying an era and with the selective placement of models, a lifestyle. Here is a remembrance from the folks that lived there.
courtesy Getty Center Trust
He was known as â€œone-shotâ€ Shulman for reasons that would be obvious (yep, never more than one shot, usually), and he never used a light meter. He just knew.
His archive of over 260,000 images were purchased by the Getty in 1995, at which point he started to photograph anew, building up a new collection. I wonder how many pieces that one holds.
You can learn all about him in this documentary on his life and work called Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, narrated by Dustin Hoffman.
Or pick up the 3 vol. set of his work, Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered.
Many of the classic buildings he photographed are gone now, or crudely reconstructed. But his leagcy goes deeper than the construction materials.
On the news of his passing, many friends of his reached out with warm remembrances of time spent with him.
We hope to bring you some of those personal notes, in the near future.