July 23rd 2009

Julius Shulman, photographer, dies at 98

Julius Shulman, celebrated modern architecture photographer, has died at the age of 98 at his home in Los Angeles.

Contemporary buildings were no stranger to him; his clients include famous names found in any modernist architecture text, among them Richard Neutra, Rudolf M. Schindler, Gregory Ain, Frank Lloyd Wright,  John Lautner, Eero Saarinen, Albert Frey, P and many others.

Known to perhaps make architecture look too beautiful, Shulman had a heavy hand in making his photography deliver the best possible representation. He would gladly rearrange furniture, bring in props, use model, and crop unwanted images.

According to the LATimes, Shulman found these tactics part of the job, saying he wasn’t just the photographer, but instead “selling modernism.”

“I sell architecture better and more directly and more vividly than the architect does,” he had explained.

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Image courtesy of wirtzgallery.com

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.