Hollywood gallery puts 10 top architecture photographers in focus

Case Study House No. 22 may be one of the most photographed homes in the world, but it is Julius Shulman's black-and-white photographs of the house, taken in 1960, that immortalized architect Pierre Koenig's glass-and-steel design.

A new exhibition opening Saturday at Woodbury University’s Hollywood Gallery examines this phenomenon -- the ways in which architectural photography moves beyond buildings documentation and into the realm of timeless artwork.

Presented by the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury, “Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design” features the work of contemporary architectural photographers Peter Aaron, Jon Miller, Bilyana Dimitrova, Undine Pröhl, Joe Fletcher, Tim Street-Porter, Timothy Hursley, Lara Swimmer, Alan Karchmer and Paul Warchol.

Each photographer was asked to choose work that goes beyond documentation. Street-Porter is showing a black-and-white photograph of the Dennis Hopper residence in Venice, designed by architect Frank Gehry and shot for now-defunct House & Garden magazine in 1995. For Aaron, it's Rem Koolhaas' Villa dall'Ava in Paris, shot in 1991.

How does a photograph go "beyond the assignment"? A panel will discuss the relationship between architect and photographer at 5 p.m. Saturday at LACE Gallery, next door to WUHo Gallery. The panel will be moderated by photographer Dimitrova and will include Sarah Amelar, a contributor to L.A. at Home and a contributing editor of Architectural Record magazine; photographer Karchmer; John Ruble of Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; Alexander Walter of Archinect.com; and photographer Warchol. 

The exhibition opening will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at WUHo, 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. The show runs through Nov. 1.


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