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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