Architectural photographer and tastemaker Julius Shulman made the modern domesticity of Los Angeles into a consumable art form.
Shulman, who died this month at 98, shot glossy, stylized images of California cool, which in turn promoted the architecture of Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and their brethren. His iconic photographs symbolized the polished freedom of LA living, evoked by shots like that of models lounging in Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22.
View a slideshow of Shulman at work, compare his iconic shot of Case Study House No. 22 to other renditions, read an homage to his architectural legacy, scope Shulman’s favorite design object, and buy
a Rizzoli monograph of his work.
Shulman narrates a photo documentary about his life and images for the SHELTER series.
Shulman gives insight into his career in architectural photography as part of the Dwell Design Leaders video series.
Trailer for Visual Acoustics, an exploration of Shulman’s career narrated by Dustin Hoffman.
Case Study House No. 22, © Julius Shulman Photography Archives / J. Paul Getty Trust.
Kaufmann House in Palm Springs by Richard Neutra (1947), © Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust.
Case Study Home No. 20 in Altadena, CA by Buff, Straub and Hensman (1958), © Julius Shulman.
A 1961 Shulman photograph of John Lautner’s Chemosphere house, © Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust.
Case Study House No. 21 in Los Angeles by Pierre Koenig (1958), © Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust.