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The renowned architectural photographer shares seven decades' worth of images of the city he loved, celebrated, and made iconic. With a life and career spanning nearly a century, Julius Shulman is credited with furthering the midcentury modernism movement through his flawless photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. Whil The renowned architectural photographer shares seven decades' worth of images of the city he loved, celebrated, and made iconic. With a life and career spanning nearly a century, Julius Shulman is credited with furthering the midcentury modernism movement through his flawless photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. While Shulman's pictures comprise the most published images of the modernist movement, this new monograph presents many never-before-seen images on a subject closest to Shulman's heart: Los Angeles and its environs--including Palm Springs and other suburbs. These affecting photographs show Los Angeles as a living organism, simultaneously vibrant and volatile depending on the neighborhood. This tension is apparent in Shulman's documentation of then-emerging areas like Century City, Wilshire Boulevard, and Echo Park, as well as his studies of landmarks like the Watts Towers and Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Many of the Los Angeles buildings and neighborhoods photographed by Shulman have since been overhauled, torn down, or otherwise altered beyond recognition, making these images some of the only lasting testaments to their existence. Selected from his personal collection as well as his official archives, the photographs included in this book represent not only lesser-known and never-before-seen material, but also some of Shulman's own personal favorites.


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The renowned architectural photographer shares seven decades' worth of images of the city he loved, celebrated, and made iconic. With a life and career spanning nearly a century, Julius Shulman is credited with furthering the midcentury modernism movement through his flawless photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. Whil The renowned architectural photographer shares seven decades' worth of images of the city he loved, celebrated, and made iconic. With a life and career spanning nearly a century, Julius Shulman is credited with furthering the midcentury modernism movement through his flawless photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. While Shulman's pictures comprise the most published images of the modernist movement, this new monograph presents many never-before-seen images on a subject closest to Shulman's heart: Los Angeles and its environs--including Palm Springs and other suburbs. These affecting photographs show Los Angeles as a living organism, simultaneously vibrant and volatile depending on the neighborhood. This tension is apparent in Shulman's documentation of then-emerging areas like Century City, Wilshire Boulevard, and Echo Park, as well as his studies of landmarks like the Watts Towers and Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Many of the Los Angeles buildings and neighborhoods photographed by Shulman have since been overhauled, torn down, or otherwise altered beyond recognition, making these images some of the only lasting testaments to their existence. Selected from his personal collection as well as his official archives, the photographs included in this book represent not only lesser-known and never-before-seen material, but also some of Shulman's own personal favorites.

30 review for Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Shulman's photographs in this book are amazing. Most of the photography in the book were taken in the 1940's, 50's and 60's. And they show a cleaner, simpler, slower version of Los Angeles than what it is today. While some of the buildings are gone, a surprising number are still around - but many look entirely different now - or are surrounded by other buildings that didn't exist when the photographs are taken. There is a small amount of commentary introducing each chapter - but most of the time Shulman's photographs in this book are amazing. Most of the photography in the book were taken in the 1940's, 50's and 60's. And they show a cleaner, simpler, slower version of Los Angeles than what it is today. While some of the buildings are gone, a surprising number are still around - but many look entirely different now - or are surrounded by other buildings that didn't exist when the photographs are taken. There is a small amount of commentary introducing each chapter - but most of the time spent is looking at the fantastic photographs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alohatiki

    Such a beautiful book. Can someone please gift me a midcentury home???

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    This was one of the best architecture and photography books I have ever had the pleasure of flipping through. If you want to see what old time LA was like, I'd recommend picking this up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Galt

    Great story about a photographer at the right place at the right time to witness some great architecture among a developing landscape.

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