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Image. Architecture. Now.

A group exhibit honoring architectural photographer Julius Shulman's legendary contributions

by Wendy Dembo in Design on 06 October 2010

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Known as "one shot Shulman" for his knack for capturing subjects perfectly on the first try, architectural photographer Julius Shulman first entranced the world with his image "Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, 1960. Pierre Koenig, Architect." In honor of his would-be 100th birthday (he passed at an impressive 98-years-old at home in L.A.), Woodbury University will celebrate with a group show of ten photographers whose works explore the intersection of art and the built environment.

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The Woodbury exhibition "Image. Architecture. Now" shows how Shulman's style inspired an entire generation, and includes not only his own photos but those of acolytes Catherine Opie, Luisa Lambri, David Leventi, Victoria Sambunaris, Jason Schmidt, Chris Mottalini and James Welling (above), as well as Iwan Baan (below), Livia Corona and Tze Tsung Leong.

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Schmidt (below), a contemporary photographer known for his portraits of artists in their environments, tells the story of "a pilgrimage to meet the master architectural photographer." Showing his 4x5 Polaroids of a Ray Kappe-designed house Shulman himself shot 40 years earlier, the pioneering photographer told Schmidt he should've de-cluttered the space to reveal more of the architecture, quipping "you're not so young any more, maybe it's too late" and proceeding to flirt with Schmidt's future wife.

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This discerning eye and virtuosic composition led Shulman to have prolific clients like Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, Pierre Koenig and Eero Saarinen, among others.

"Image. Architecture. Now" is on view from 9-23 October 2010 and is accompanied by a host of discussions. See the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University website for more information about the celebratory events.

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