Aaron Paley

Playing Jewish Geography With Julius Shulman

Julius Shulman is arguably the greatest architectural photographer of all time. His 77 years as a professional photographer coincided with the rise of Modernism in Los Angeles and its transformation from city to megalopolis — a coincidence that enabled Shulman to create an unparalleled visual chronicle of Los Angeles in the 20th century. He became the photographer of choice for the greatest architects in the city, including Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Gregory Ain, Rafael Soriano, John Lautner, Victor Gruen, Pierre Koenig and countless others. Today, at 97, he is still photographing the works of such well-known contemporary architects as Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne.