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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Passing of One of the Greats....

AIA Los Angeles joins the Architecture + Design Community
in mourning the loss of

JULIUS SHULMAN, Hon. AIA/LA 1910 - 2009

Julius Shulman's luminous photographs immortalized many of the mid-20th century modernist architects whose homes and buildings he so lovingly photographed throughout his career. As a result of his photographic masterpieces, Julius himself became a superstar in the architectural world. He was a giant in the field and giant, indeed, is the void he left upon his passing last week. Thankfully, he also left an enduring legacy for future generations to cherish and enjoy. His archive of over 260,000 negatives, prints, and transparencies was acquired by the Getty Center in 2005.

"I was lucky to be doing the right thing at the right time. So, anytime someone wanted a photograph of a modern house, Uncle Julius provided the picture."

Julius Shulman, 1994

Julius Shulman's most celebrated work -- a black and white photo of a glass and steel frame home built by architect Pierre Koenig in the Hollywood Hills as the sun was setting on May 9, 1960 (Case Study House No. 22). Here are some links to various perspectives from around the country of Mr. Shulman's extraordinary life and career: The Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe Chicago Sun-Times. If you have personal remembrances that you would like to share with the AIA/LA membership, please forward them to, and we will be happy to reprint them.

American Institute of Architects Los Angeles
(photos and text)
forwarded by Josef Kasperovich, Architectural Photography
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