Last week I went to visit Richard Neutra's 1938 Schiff house to hear his son Raymond talk about his career. I had lunch with Raymond last year, shortly before photographer Julius Shulman died, and he told me about a handful of signed and numbered prints Shulman had donated to help raise money for the upkeep of Richard Neutra's famed VDL compound.
Raymond grew up there in the hills of Silver Lake in Los Angeles, and though the site now administered by Cal Poly Pomona, they still fall short of the money they need to repair the roof, tend the grounds, and generally maintain the place. Seeing Raymond again jogged my memory of all this, and he has graciously passed along the photo that Shulman took of his father at the VDL compound. It was quite rare for Richard Neutra to appear in photos of his work, and if you're in the market for a piece from the master's hand, and a chance to preserve one of California modernisms great expressions, this photo will run you $2,500. Raymond told me that only 15 of the original 35 are left. If you're interested in a print contact Anthony Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Richwald at email@example.com if you're on the West Coast.