|Photographs by Julius Shulman via the Palm Springs Art Museum |
and Ouno. Julius Shulman: Desert Modern is on display through July 17, 2011
at the Fullerton Museum Center.
Shulman (1910-2009) was an American architectural photographer who was best known for photographing the Midcentury indoor-outdoor architecture of Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Charles Eames, among others. He is also noted for his iconic images of work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Pierre Koenig and Albret Frey. His photographs are now housed at The Getty Center in Los Angeles.
When I was an editor at Architectural Digest, I interviewed Shulman for a story. I was specifically asking him about photographing the work of architect Richard Neutra, but somehow we strayed and started talking about the fact that he lived next door to John Cassavetes in Malibu. He explained that there was a hillside--covered with flowers that were fiery red and deep purple in color--and he loved photographing that brilliant hillside almost more than photographing iconic works of architecture. At some point during my conversation with this renown photographer, I used the word "shoot" instead of "photograph." When I did, he grew silent, heaved a disgusted sigh and replied, "Darling, we shoot deer or wild animals. We do NOT shoot buildings or works of art. We photograph them."