Julius Shulman
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Julius Shulman | 1910-2009

So proficient in his craft that he was known as “one-shot Shulman,” architectural photographer Julius Shulman enjoys a light moment during a 2005 shoot at the Fitzpatrick House, originally designed by architect R.M. Schindler, in L.A.'s Mount Olympus area. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Shulman continued taking assignments, working with his collaborator, Juergen Nogai, into his mid-90s. The pair are seen here scoping out a shot in the Fitzpatrick House in Los Angeles. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Shulman explains a shot to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in 2002 after being commissioned to photograph the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Architect Richard Neutra, left, and Julius Shulman, photographed in 1947 at the Tremaine House in Los Angeles (© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute)
Julius Shulman’s 1960 photograph of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22, shown hovering above the Los Angeles grid, is among the most famous architectural pictures ever taken in the U.S. It was, an architecture critic wrote, “one of those singular images that sum up an entire city at a moment in time.”

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Julius Shulman photographing Case Study House No. 22 in Los Angeles. (© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute)
“You can practically hear the Sinatra tunes wafting in the air and the ice clinking in the cocktail glasses,” one writer said of Shulman’s photos of Southern California architecture. Here’s a 1947 photo of a Richard Neutra-designed residence, Kaufmann House, in Palm Springs.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
A 1954 photograph of the photographer captures Shulman staging a shoot of the May House in Los Angeles. (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Shulman’s photo titled “The Castle (Los Angeles, Calif.)” freezes in time the expansion of downtown L.A. in the mid- to late ‘60s as the Union Bank building shadows the final few homes on Bunker Hill.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
A 1961 Shulman photograph of John Lautner’s Chemosphere house.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
A Shulman photo of architect Albert Frey’s Frey House in Palm Springs in 1953.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
A 1956 Shulman photo of a Mobil gas station in Anaheim.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
A shot of Bunker Hill urban renewal project site in 1971.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House in 1953.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
A Shulman photo of the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Architect John Lautner’s Segel House in Malibu in 1980.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Architect John Lautner’s Stevens House in Malibu in 1969.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s V.C. Morris Shop in San Francisco in 1951.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Charles and Ray Eames’ Eames House in Los Angeles in 1950.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 21 in Los Angeles, 1958-1959.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (Julius Shulman / J. Paul Getty Trust)
Architectural photographer Julius Shulman in his Laurel Canyon home in 2003. (Los Angeles Times)
Julius Shulman arrives at the Annenberg Foundation’s Space for Photography opening night gala in the Century City. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
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