Observing Los Angeles

Touring the sites of famous Julius Shulman photos in LA


The New York Times Travel section on Sunday offered a tour, with online slide show, of locations in the Los Angeles area that the late Julius Shulman photographed. Writes Sam Lubell:

Shulman captured Los Angeles and its surroundings in the middle of the 20th century as the city was shedding its small-town roots and becoming an international capital. In a career that started with a shoot for Richard Neutra in 1936 and ended with his death in 2009, Shulman photographed virtually every important midcentury modernist architect’s work — especially those on the West Coast — not to mention taking on an almost daily stream of jobs for businesses, cities and publications.

After having chronicled his native city for over a decade, Shulman signed on to shoot Case Study Houses, experimental residences commissioned by Arts & Architecture magazine in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, created by masters like Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koenig. These photographs helped make Shulman the most famous architectural photographer of his generation.

The structures that Shulman captured have been fixed in the popular imagination as living museum pieces.

One of the sites that is occasionally open for visiting is the Stahl House, Case Study House #22.

Photo of Case Study House #22: LA Observed

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