New collection agreement: Photographs of modern architecture by Julius Shulman

November 10, 2010

Research Library at the Getty Research Institute




ARTstor is collaborating with the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute to share approximately 5,000 images of modern architecture from the archive of architectural photographer Julius Shulman (1910–2009). The archive spans the career of Julius Shulman from 1936 to 1997 and documents the development of modern architecture in Southern California. In 1936, Shulman photographed Richard J. Neutra's Kun House in Los Angeles, CA. Through his relationship with the architect, Shulman secured other commissions to document the work of California-based architects such as R. M. Schindler, Raphael Soriano, Gregory Ain, J. R. Davidson, John Lautner, and Pierre Koenig, among others. From 1945 to 1966, Shulman photographed projects from the Case Study House Program, an experimental program sponsored by the magazine Arts & Architecture. This program commissioned major architects, such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen, to design inexpensive and innovative single-family homes during the post-World War II housing boom. Shulman's most famous work is the photograph for Case Study House No. 22, the Stahl House designed by architect Pierre Koenig. In this seminal image, two stylish women are shown chatting in a living room as the glass-walled, cantilevered structure of the house juts out over the side of Laurel Canyon, revealing the bright lights and street grid of Los Angeles below.

Shulman is acclaimed for such iconic images of mid-century modern buildings, which were carefully composed with elegant models, minimalist furnishings, and dramatic landscapes. Over the course of his career, Shulman created one of the most comprehensive visual records of the development of modern architecture within the urban fabric of Los Angeles and the changing landscape of Southern California. The collection in ARTstor will represent highlights from the Julius Shulman photography archive, which comprises more than 260,000 negatives, prints, transparencies, and related printed material.


For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Getty Research Institute: Julius Shulman Archive collection page.


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