Julius Shulman

A photographer of architecture.

Julius Shulman (1910-2009) did more to popularize modern architecture than any architect. His key output during the 1940-70 period made Los Angeles architects like Richard Neutra (“Noy-tra”) and Rudolph Schindler justifiably famous.

Shulman’s memorable picture of the Stahl House is one of the greatest architectural photographs taken.

The Stahl House.

In a fascinating documentary – currently on Netflix streaming in the US but next week, who knows? – Shulman describes how he took the picture, exposing for the flash lit interior then giving a long exposure for the background. The documentary is fascinating if you are a photographer and is titled ‘Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman’.

There’s a fine book on his work which I have in my library and recommend if architectural photography interests you.

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Update July 7, 2015:

Well, what kept you?

The video documentary, Visual Acoustics – The Art of Julius Shulman, remains available on Netflix.