In Memoriam: Julius Shulman
By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell

We’ve long admired Shulman as a peerless artist and advocate for the values of modern design, and given that a number of the buildings he photographed have since been altered or knocked down, his record as perhaps the greatest chronicler of American modernism is without match.

“A wonderful mess” is how Shulman describes his desk. Interspersed among the family snapshots, mementos, and tchotchkes are several enlarged quotations, including one from Art News: “If buildings were people, those in Julius Shulman’s photographs would be Grace Kelly: classically elegant, intriguingly remote.”

The LA Times has posted a nice slideshow of Shulman and his work, and if you're in the listening mood, go to to hear Alex Chadwick's 2005 interview with Shulman (a voice worth hearing), recorded in his Raphael Soriano–designed home in Los Angeles (which we visited in October 2007). We also caught up with Shulman for our Design Leader video series, which you can watch here. Also keep an eye out for an opportunity to see the new documentary Visual Acoustics, which we recently screened at Dwell on Design (and read Dwell's interview with director Eric Bricker here).


Portrait by Catherine Ledner.

Aaron Britt


Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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