September 12, 2011

New Book Showcases Julius Shulman’s Iconic Photographs of Los Angeles from the Downtown Skyline to Sleek Interiors of Mid-Century Modern Homes

"The history of Los Angeles is a history of my life." —Julius Shulman


Melissa Crowley
Getty Publications
(310) 440-6795

LOS ANGELES—The American architectural photographer Julius Shulman (1910-2009) is one of the few image makers to have documented, as well as witnessed, nearly an entire century of Los Angeles history.  The captivating photographs reproduced in Julius Shulman’s Los Angeles (Getty Publications, $9.95, paperback) serve as a visual record of the dramatic evolution of this exciting and diverse metropolis.

Shulman’s best-known images consist of mid-century views of Modernist domestic interiors, notably the iconic Case Study House #22 of 1960, in which two well-dressed women sit inside the floor-to-ceiling window walls of a Pierre Koenig-designed house that seems to float like a spaceship over the light-spangled urban sprawl behind. Not as well known but equally powerful are Shulman’s images of Union Station and downtown’s vintage office buildings, the dynamic Wilshire Boulevard corridor, the region’s eclectic coffee shops and movie theaters, the sweeping canopy of the Century Plaza Hotel, the diverse fabric of L.A.’s residential neighborhoods, and the panoramic vistas of the city of the future under construction.

Author Christopher James Alexander selected sixty images from the Getty Research Institute’s archive for this elegant gift book. In his introductory essay, Alexander reveals Shulman’s unique capacity to capture the diverse built environment of Los Angeles.

About the Author: Christopher James Alexander is assistant curator of architecture and design at the Getty Research Institute and co-author of the 2007 traveling exhibition Julius Shulman’s Los Angeles.

Publication Information:

Julius Shulman’s Los Angeles
Christopher James Alexander
J. Paul Getty Museum
72 pages, 5 ¼ x 6 ½ inches, paperback
60 duotone illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-079-7, $9.95 [UK £6.99]

Publication Date:  November 29, 2011


Kindly send two tearsheets of your review when published to Melissa Crowley, Getty Publications, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA  90049-1682.

Available at bookstores or through Getty Publications (800-223-3431). Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by the University of Chicago Press and in the U.K. and Europe by Orca Book Services.



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