November 19, 2013


Photographer Julius Shulman (1910-2009) brought his unique vision to architectural photography and helped to place Mid-Century Modern in the public consciousness. His images created a kind of aesthetic mythology around designers like Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Raphael Soriano, Pierre Koenig, Phillip Johnson, and Charles Eames. Shulman was a master of light and composition. "There were architects working in the fifties and sixties, as evidenced by the offshoots of the direction taken during the case study house program of Arts and Architecture Magazine, men such as Smith and Williams--who, at that time, were actually among my favorites, because they were moving away, evolving into a more relaxed expanse of architectural spirit to their houses" (Archives of American Art interview). His most famous image of the Stahl House below (Case Study House #22/1960) illustrated an ability to show the new aesthetic as livable space. To my eyes, the smart minimalist scenes he crafted echoed a change in post-war values toward the intellectual, personal utopia celebrated in the culture of individualism, Hi-Fi, lounge, technology, and the bachelor-pad ideal celebrated in early Playboy

Shulman's career was the subject of an excellent 2008 documentary called Visual Acoustics narrated by Dustin Hoffman. Trailer below. Stahl House info and tours here. Shulman on NPR here. Spy Vibe Posts: Modern Architecture LPMid-Century Modern at SchulzDieter Rams Braun DesignTati's PlaytimeBosko interviewPhillip Johnson Glass HouseSet For Adventure. Other links of interest: Mies van der Rohe Society,Phillip Johnson Glass HouseEliot NoyesEero Saarinen, and the school my family started, the New York School of Interior Design

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