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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 14: L.A. for the Modernists
Julius Shulman (1910-2009). Shulman was one of the most well known architectural photographers.
Here is Shulman’s best-known photo: “Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, 1960. Pierre Koenig, Architect.” Also known as the Stahl House, this 1959 house sits on the Hollywood Hills overlooking L.A. It is one of 150 structures on the American Institute of Architects list of “America’s Favorite Architecture.”
John Pastier, reviewing Julius Shulman: Architecture and its Photography, (1998, Taschen Press), wrote, “This meticulous and prolific craftsman was in the right place, California, at the right time, the golden age of West Coast modern residential architecture that spanned the 1930s to the 1960s. Richard Neutra helped him get his start, and he recorded early modernists such as Wright, Schindler, Soriano, Harris, Frey, Ain, Stone, Gropius, Kahn, and Neutra, as well as younger ones such as Goff, Lautner, Ellwood, Koenig, Drake, Killingsworth, Eames, Greene, Legoretta, and even early Frank Gehry. His view camera captured the glamour of hillside steel-and-glass 9houses cantilevered above the city lights, the serenity of desert vacation homes at dusk, and the clean-lined ingenuity of young architects working on modest budgets.” (Examples of Shulman’s photographs can be seen here.)