Shulman who is perhaps best known for his work titled: “Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, 1960”, was born in October 10, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrants. At the age of ten, he moved with his family to a farm in California, where he developed a love of nature, something that would be reflected in most of his later on in his life. His compositions have been described as being highly seductive, and they have been hailed as being the ones that helped build the reputation of Los Angeles and Chicago as the preferred destination for people who wanted to reinvent themselves.
According to Lubbell and Woods, Shulman’s works “demonstrate a profound sensitivity to and appreciation for the spaces in which people live”. Shulman was a visionary photographer who was able to see past the seeming lack of life in most of the modern buildings that came to exist in the 20th century. Many people in the photography world concur that Shulman almost single handedly was bale to transform architectural photography with his remarkable yet down to earth images that captured the attention of all and sundry. His images, as they are seen through his lens, offer visions of intrigue and beauty which can only be described as extraordinary. This is no mean achievement for a 20th century photographer.
The advent of modern architecture was greeted by widespread pessimism from the general public. Architects found it hard to sell their designs since most people regarded modern buildings as a rebellion from the traditional highly ornate houses they were used to. Shulman’s photography was of much help to the careers of many young and established architects as it helped them get public recognition. Shulman’s photography was also very important in shaping public perception about modern architecture. Some of the buildings featured in Shulman’s works include: Keck and Keck’s Minsk house, 1955, the Burton Frank House, 1960, Harry Weese’s Modern house and studio, 1957, and other masterpiece buildings by the likes of Bertrand Goldberg, Edward Dart, Edward Hunrich, Ralph Rapson and Paul Schweikher (Shulman and Gossel, 1999). For more than 70 years, Shulman was able to document most of his work which featured some of the most magnificent architectural pieces of the 20th century. Up until the time of his death on July the 15th 2009, Shulman’s work had been showcased not only all around the U.S., but also in many other cities across the world (Amelar, 2009). Shulman’s Work Many young architects actually owe their success to Julius Shulman. Most of the buildings he featured in his photography were built by young up coming architects. His photography was so good that after showcasing their work, most of thee individuals experienced unprecedented success in their work. Most of Shulman’s photography was done in black and white film. One could have expected his images to be dull due to lack of color. However, this was not the case. His architectural photographs were as real a they could be. He brought to life what many people thought to be dull architecture (Reed, 2009). He was able to open people’s eyes to the magnificence of the architecture that many had written off as being lacking in meaning. Shulman’s career started by chance in 1936 when he was asked to take some shots of the Kun House in the Hollywood Hills which had just been completed by Richard Neutra. Immediately after seeing Shulman’s images, Neutra fell in love with his work and commissioned him to take and publish more shots. He also introduced the budding young photographer to other established and up coming