Architecture, Photobooks

Julius Schulman Captures the ‘West Coast Dream’ of Modernist Architecture

All images © Julius Schulman, courtesy Taschen

Modernism Rediscovered, a new photobook from Taschen, contains 400 pieces of modern architecture and South Californian aesthetics, captured through the lens of Julius Schulman.

Schulman’s photography explores the work of some of the best known architects of the postwar generation.

Born in 1910, Schulman grew up on a small farm in Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles. His images are known as the epitome of mid-century Californian aesthetics: sunny, sleek images of  spacious suburban homes, often with low-roofs, pools and patios.

As perhaps the most famous modern architectural photographer, Schulman is recognized for his ability to display domesticity without a human present in the shot. 

Taschen’s Modernism Rediscovered includes a chronology of architectural treasures seen through Schulman’s lens, chosen by publisher Benedikt Taschen from over 260,000 photographs.

The project spans his work in the West Coast,as well as architectural shots from across The United States, Mexico, Israel and Hong Kong.

The photobook has an introduction from photography critic Owen Edwards, and features a biography by historian Philip J. Ethington, captions by Peter Loughrey, a portrait of the modernist-era by arts writer Hunter Drohojowka-Philip, and personal reflections from Schulman himself.

More information here.