Issue #163  8/3/2009
Noted Architectural Photographer Julius Shulman Dies in L.A. At Age 98

Julius Shulman, one of the most renowned architectural photographers, died July 15th at his home in Los Angeles. He was 98. Part of a postwar generation of commercial photographers, Shulman specialized in modernist buildings and homes. Besides his work for architects, Shulman often worked on assignment for magazines, such as Life, House & Garden, Arts & Architecture, Architectural Forum and Good Housekeeping.

In 2005 the Getty Research Institute acquired his archive of more than a quarter-million prints, negatives and transparencies. The Getty then held a 2005–2006 exhibition of Shulman's prints entitled "Julius Shulman, Modernity and the Metropolis". The exhibition included sections entitled "Framing the California Lifestyle," "Promoting the Power of Modern Architecture," "The Tools of an Innovator," and "The Development of a Metropolis". The exhibition traveled to the National Building Museum and to the Art Institute of Chicago

In 2001 he and fellow photographer and business partner, Juergen Nogai, collaborated on "Malibu: A Century of Living by the Sea" (Harry N. Abrams, 2005). Other books on his work included: "Vest Pocket Pictures," a collection of Shulman's early amateur photographs; "Julius Shulman: Architecture and Its Photography"; "Photographing Architecture and Interiors"; "L.A. Lost and Found: An Architectural History of Los Angeles"; and "Modernism Rediscovered".