Shulman, Julius : THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN. New York/London: Whitney Library of Design/The Architectural Press, 1977.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Julius Shulman

Julius Shulman: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN [Photographing Buildings, Interiors, and the Visual Arts]. New York/London: Whitney Library of Design/The Architectural Press, 1977. First edition.  Quarto. Brown fabricoid titled in gold. Photo illustrated dust jacket. 240 pp. 16 pp. in color. 300 black and white illustrations. Jacket faintly worn along lower edge with a closed tear to lower rear panel joint. A nearly fine copy in a very good or better dust jacket.

9.25 x 12.25 hardcover book with 240 pages, 300 black and white illustrations and 16 pages of full color photos.  Includes photography of buildings by the following architects: Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Frederick Emmons, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Henry Moore, Edward Durrell Stone and many others.

Excellent early edition by the man who is now widely considered to be the greatest architectural photographer of all time. Extraordinarily detailed book that will prove fascinating for both photographers and the modernism fans.

Chapters include:

  • The Discerning Eye
  • Tools
  • Techniques
  • Taking the Camera on Assignment
  • The Business of Photography

American photographer Julius Shulman's (1910 – 2009) images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. A book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright's or Pierre Koenig's remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman's photography.

The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building's surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs.

Today, a great many of the buildings documented by Shulman have disappeared or been crudely converted, but the thirst for his pioneering images is stronger than ever before. This is a vivid journey across six decades of great architecture and classic photography through the famously incomparable eyes of Julius Shulman.

“Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright's or Pierre Koenig's remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friends, Richard Neutra and Raphael Soriano, was first brought to light by Shulman's photography. The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building's surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs.” [Wikipedia]

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