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October 10, 2010 Mid-Century Modern

Julius Shulman Day: 10-10-10

Stahl House

View from inside the Stahl House.

Julius Shulman was born 100 years ago today. The legendary photographer, who died last year on July 15 at the age of 98, played an instrumental role  in capturing on film the essence and beauty of mid-century modern architecture for all to see and appreciate. So to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, I am picking some of my favorite shots where I tried to channel the spirit of Shulman. (See the film Visual Acoustics for more inspiration.) I think my favorite is the shot of the Stahl House below, which Shulman made famous with his iconic image of two young woman sitting in the corner of the cantilevered home dangling off a cliff high above Los Angeles. Just to note:  If you have $2 million, you can buy Shulman’s Raphael Soriano-designed home in Los Angeles, which has been on the market for almost a year.

Stahl House

The Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, Los Angeles.

Eames House

The Eames House by Ray and Charles Eames, Pacific Palisades.

Beverly Hilton

The Beverly Hilton by Welton Becket, Bevery Hills.

Lever House

The Lever House by Gordon Bunshaft, New York City.

Irwin Union Trust

Irwin Union Trust by Eero Saarinen, Columbus, Ind.

River Park

River Park by Charles Goodman, Southwest D.C.