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October 21, 1994
It was a pleasure to read the interview with Julius Shulman in the Opinion section of Oct. 9. The interview and the recognition of Shulman's great contribution in architectural photography are long overdue. He is one of California's living treasures. I had the privilege of meeting Shulman and visiting his studio when he donated a photograph of the historic Bradbury Building in Los Angeles last year for the American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Chapter's silent auction, which benefited the organization's scholarship program.
December 11, 2013 | Patt Morrison
It's not just a brand name on a big fancy book. "Taschen" is a man, Benedikt Taschen, who started his publishing empire with a comic-book shop leveraged with a stock of remaindered art books. The firm is headquartered in Germany, but when he's in Los Angeles, his landing pad is the Chemosphere, the John Lautner flying-saucer-on-a-hillside. Taschen just released a three-volume collaboration with National Geographic ("Around the World in 125 Years"), and it's clear from the myriad images at his desk that Taschen cast his eye, and his approval, over what's in those books and so many others.
March 10, 2005
Re "A Photographic Memory" [March 3]: Julius Shulman is truly a living treasure. Most architectural photographers would die before putting a human element in their sterile photos. Julius has people, dogs, even kids' toys in his photos. Nice human touch. Julius has been very generous with his time working with my volunteer group, Friends of Hollyhock House. One time he was showing us a photo of the Wiltern Theatre. I said, "Julius, it looks like you stood in the intersection of Wilshire and Wiltern to take that."
July 12, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
What makes an L.A. house an L.A. house? That question -- a more slippery one than it might appear -- is the driving force behind “Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California,” an exhibition running through Friday at Cal Poly Pomona as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents architecture series. The single-family house, of course, has always been more than just a building type for the architects, builders, promoters and mythmakers of Los Angeles.
July 17, 2009 | Claudia Luther, Luther is a former Times staff writer.
Julius Shulman, whose luminous photographs of homes and buildings brought fame to a number of mid-20th century modernist architects and made him a household name in the architectural world, has died. He was 98. Shulman, who had been in declining health, died Wednesday night at his home in Los Angeles, according to his daughter Judy McKee. Starting with Richard Neutra in 1936, Shulman's roster of clients read like a who's who of pioneering contemporary architecture: Rudolf M.
January 10, 1988
Thirteen photographs by architectural photographer Julius Shulman are featured in a 1988 calendar designed by UCLA students Poy Choy Ng and Ann Lin. Published by the realty firm of Mossler, Deasy & Doe, the calendar has photographs chosen by Shulman. In his 51 years of architectural photography in Los Angeles, Shulman has photographed houses and commercial buildings designed by virtually all of the Southland's great architects.
January 25, 2005 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
The life work of photographer Julius Shulman -- whose best-known pictures define Southern California's classic Modernist architecture -- has found a home at the Getty Center. The J. Paul Getty Trust announced Monday that it has acquired Shulman's vast archive and installed it at the Getty Research Institute in Brentwood.
December 4, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Hollywood Hills residence and studio of the late iconic photographer Julius Shulman has sold for $2.25 million. The Midcentury Modern steel-frame house, built in 1950 and designed by Raphael S. Soriano, is a Los Angeles historic landmark. The 3,382-square-foot house sits on a wooded, flag-shaped lot of nearly an acre. It has original fixtures, cork-paneled entryway and hall, wood-paneled walls and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room. Pedestal beds, china cabinets and a bench in the kitchen are among the built-ins.
If Southern California and its culture were built on salesmanship, Julius Shulman sold the place as well as anyone. The hugely influential architectural photographer, who died Wednesday at 98, turned snapshots of the region's buildings -- in particular, Modernist houses by Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner and others -- into crisply alluring campaigns for life in sunny, cosmopolitan and forward-looking Los Angeles.
November 29, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The personal residence and studio of the late iconic photographer Julius Shulman has sold for $2.25 million in the Hollywood Hills. The Midcentury Modern steel-frame house, built in 1950 and designed by Raphael S. Soriano, is a Los Angeles historic landmark. The 3,382-square-foot house sits on a wooded flag-shaped lot of nearly an acre. Features include original fixtures, hardwood walls and built-in cabinetry. The studio includes a fireplace, bedroom and bathroom for a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms on the property.
February 21, 2013 | By Scarlet Cheng
For proof that Modernism still spins it magic, witness the crowds that descended upon the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale last weekend. Though final attendance numbers wouldn't be available until after Modernism Week ends this Sunday, the design exhibition at the Palm Springs Convention Center did have 82 dealers, about 10 more than last year, and they ranged from elegantly spare midcentury furnishings and geometric paintings to ostentatious vintage...
February 1, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Balthazar Korab, an architect-turned-photographer with a wide-ranging eye whose moody, polished images captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture and celebrated its masters, including Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, died Jan. 15 in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 86. Korab, who lived in Troy, Mich., died after a long period of decline caused by Parkinson's disease and a stroke, said his son, Christian Korab. A refugee from Communist-controlled Hungary, Korab came to the United States in 1955 and found work as a designer in Saarinen's Bloomfield, Mich., office.
January 14, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Last time around the focus was Southern California's art history; now homegrown architecture is getting its time in the sun. Getty Trust leaders are announcing Monday the final roster of exhibition and event partners in its Pacific Standard Time spinoff, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Southern California, slated to run April through July. They will also be releasing the specific grant amounts given to various museums and institutions: roughly $3.6 million in all. Eight exhibition partners received grants from $260,000 to $445,000 to help mount shows and publish catalogs; eight event partners received grants ranging from $20,000 to $246,000 to organize panels, tours and other programs.
January 5, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
When the architecture firm of Buff, Straub & Hensman designed a two-story house in 1957 for an oak-covered hillside of Pasadena called Poppy Peak, the post-and-beam structure was shy of 1,400 square feet yet felt voluminous, thanks to an open floor plan, a two-story-tall ceiling and an abundance of glass. PHOTO GALLERY: Buff, Straub & Hensman house restored in Pasadena Fast-forward to the present day, and the house has a fresh start to the new year. Christophe Burusco, an attorney and architecture enthusiast, and Scott Lander, principal of the Los Angeles-based historic restoration firm Lander Design , have carefully erased the wear-and-tear of five decades, returning the home once photographed by Julius Shulman to its Midcentury origins.
November 23, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
"Hitchcock," which opens Friday starring Anthony Hopkins as the famed director and Helen Mirren as his wife, has a lot more to catch the eye than Scarlett Johansson 's re-creation of the Bates Motel shower scene in "Psycho. " Production designer Judy Becker walked us through the film's varied interiors, which run from from Old Hollywood parlor to Jet Age kitchen to midcentury bachelor pad at the beach. PHOTO GALLERY: Home design in "Hitchcock" "We followed their basic taste," said Becker, who pored over period photographs of Alfred and Alma Hitchcock's clapboard, pre- World War II residence in Bel-Air and consulted vintage swatch cards for wall paint colors.
October 26, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Some of L.A.'s best known architecture firms and artists have designed one-of-a-kind lamps to be auctioned Nov. 2 at a fund-raiser for the MAK Center in West Hollywood. Among those who designed, produced and donated their work for the event, dubbed “Light My Way, Stranger” : Ball-Nogues Studio, Cory Buckner, Ehrlich Architects, Hodgetts & Fung, Eric Owen Moss, Barbara Bestor, Dewey Ambrosino, Liz Larner and Sam Durant. All proceeds will support the nonprofit MAK Center for Art and Architecture's programming and stewardship of three dwellings by architect R.M. Schindler: the landmark 1922 Schindler House in West Hollywood, the 1939 Mackey Apartments in the Mid-Wilshire district of L.A., and the 1936 Fitzpatrick-Leland House, the Hollywood Hills West residence where the auction will be held.
November 19, 2006 | Greg Goldin, Greg Goldin is Los Angeles magazine's architecture critic.
One local institution was shooting another. Ninety-six-year-old Julius Shulman, whose photographs made midcentury modern architecture iconic, glamorous and suggestive, spent six Tuesdays in May and June focusing his lens on the Getty Villa, a reproduction of the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, the Roman country house buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.
October 9, 1994 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt is a producer for Fox News and a contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He spoke with Julius Shulman at the photographer's home in the Hollywood Hills
In 1960, Julius Shulman took a photograph that, perhaps more than any other single image, conveys the style, grace and allure of postwar Los Angeles. Inside a steel-topped glass box balanced lightly on a hilltop, two young women in white cotton chat, while the City of Angels sparkles below. It is a picture both nostalgic and modern, the work of a self-taught photographer who truly invented himself.
February 1, 2012 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In 1949, Eugene Kinn Choy built his family a home in Silver Lake. Deftly set in a narrow hillside lot, it was praised as a model of modernism, photographed by Julius Shulman and its merits noted in national architecture magazines. And yet the house might not have been built at all, if not for Choy's ingenuity and resolve. When racial covenants had threatened to keep him out of the area, he went door to door, seeking neighbors' permission before he moved in. "Even after he got an OK to purchase the land, no mainstream bank would offer financing," says Steven Y. Wong, the curator at the Chinese American Museum.
April 22, 2011 | By Barbara Thornburg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Julius Shulman received his first Eastman Kodak Brownie as a gift while in high school. Brownie in hand, he proceeded to prodigiously photograph the bridges, streets and buildings of Los Angeles, as well as the local mountains he loved to hike, recalls Judy McKee, the daughter of the iconic photographer, who died two years ago at age 98. "My dad never missed an opportunity to take a photograph. We'd be driving along and he'd suddenly see something: 'Oh, look at that!' Then he'd stop the car, grab his camera, sometimes even climb up on the hood.
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