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Julius Shulman: Architecture and its photography [Hardcover]

P. Gossel , Peter Gossel , Julius Shulman
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30 Oct 1998 Taschen jumbo series
American photographer Julius Shulman's 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 Schulman 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.


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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; First Edition edition (30 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822872040
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822872048
  • Product Dimensions: 32.4 x 25.1 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,361,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photos of beautiful buildings 5 Dec 1999
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A beautifully presented glossy book chronicling Shulman's highly successful career as architectural photographer. It is a fascinating pictorial record of architecture (particularly domestic) from the late 1930s to the present day, focussing on California. However, Shulman's text is disappointing, and Taschen's omission of an index really limits the book's worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning design, beautiful photography, entertaining memoir 20 Dec 1998
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An extraordinary and rare book. Master architectural photographer Julius Shulman showcases the stunning modern designs of Neutra, Koenig, Eames, and others with extraordinary talent and craft. The photographs literally glow. Many of them bowl you over with their beauty. Others have the camp value of '50s advertising: housewives in modern kitchens, families lounging at poolside, couples entertaining in open living spaces. Shulman adds considerable depth by recalling his relationships with the architects, his encounters with the homeowners, his notes on making the photographs. If you admire modern design, appreciate fine photography, and like a good story, this is a book you will cherish.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent graphic material and a sensitive life story . 29 Nov 1998
By Julio Villar Marcos (estvp@adinet.com.uy) - Published on Amazon.com
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By pure chance my son browsed this book in Madrid and found it extremely interesting, so I decided to buy it through Amazon. To my surprise, I found that somehow it belongs to my own life story, because in 1966, in L.A. I met Julius and organized the trip to Uruguay mentioned in pages 211 th 217. In this highly valuable volume, the roots of the modern California architecture and its subsequent development are brightly displayed and wittingly evoked by a man who saw it happen and really played an important role in the process. Shulman's comments on people and places are acute, humorous and, I must say from my own experience, tell the real thing. About the photography. Every architect has a penchant to it, mainly regarding his works, so I strongly advice my colleages through the world to read this book and think how Shulman does it. This simple exercise will undoubtedly help them a lot. In brief, a book to occupy a privileged place in my library, to consult as a permanent reference whenever a new work is finished and needs to be documented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 9 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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If one is ever to purchase a book concerning mid-century modernism, purchase this book. The photography is amazing, and inspiring. The text is informative without being verbose. This is definitely one of the top ten favourites in my collection.
Mr. Shulman is absolutely brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant Book 10 Jan 2006
By Frank Breslin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has been my bible. From the pure joy of looking at the visuals to the wealth of knowledge perched on it pages. For anyone interested in architecture and photography this is a must read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book 17 Sep 2011
By C. Abrams - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything I expected, great pictures and life history. A book I will go back to time and time again. I saw the video on his work and life and was so intrigued that I had to buy a book with some of his work. Glad I got this one!
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