Julius Shulman

Few people can claim to have both reinvented and dominated their field like Julius Shulman, who photographed architecture for over 60 years and who died yesterday. A friend sent a link to this film project on his work that is staggeringly beautiful, like his photographs.

While doing some research on a regionally famous architect a few years ago I heard this story several times:  some key detail, a porch rail or something minor, was under discussion.  The junior architect says “that won’t last, it’s too fragile and it will get broken.”  And the principal says, completely straight, “It only has to last until Julius shoots it.”

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