Celebrated Architectural Photographer to Lecture
at Modernism Weekend
SOHO is honored to have architectural photographer Julius Shulman's participation in our First Annual San Diego Modernism Weekend. With a body of work spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Shulman has been credited as much with helping to define the visual style of the period as he is credited with documenting the celebrated structures of noted Modernist architects such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, R.M. Schindler, Gregory Ain, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Those who speak and write about Mr. Shulman use words such as esteemed, legendary, highly regarded, and world-renowned to describe his stature within the fields of architecture and photography. He has been awarded the AIA Architecture Photography Medal and he received an honorary AIA recognition.
According to an exhibition of Mr. Shulman's photographs on display between July 20 and September 14, 2003, at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, Mr. Shulman provided the following reflection on his long career:
I see my role as important in portraying images of architectural designs for the purpose of demonstrating the ultimate role of the designer in creating structures. The photographer must assume the responsibility of projecting that to the printed page; in turn we become archivists. The thought also occurs to me that our initial purpose of composition as architectural photographers is to introduce an almost purely objective exposure - that perhaps the "art" content was not even a consideration. Based on my experience, great rewards are felt by the photographer who allows a bit of imagination and experimentation to enter into the process before tripping the shutter. I have felt the greatest privilege: the freedom of expressing my reaction to the architect's production.
Mr. Shulman has been quoted as saying, "San Diego had more modern architecture per capita in 1950 than Los Angeles," reflecting the need to both preserve our modernist heritage as well as educate the general public that the modern movement is a vital part of San Diego's history. After his lecture, Mr. Shulman will be signing the calendar Paradise Bound - San Diego Modern Architectural Photography by Julius Shulman, making its debut at this event.
Separate reservations are required for the Friday night reception and for the Julius Shulman lecture. Seating for the lecture is limited, and it is not uncommon for his lectures to sell-out.
Please see further details on this special event in this issue.
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