Julius Shulman (American, 1910–2009) was an architectural photographer who championed Mid-Century Modern Design in his images of Southern California’s inventive homes. Part of a postwar generation of commercial architect photographers, Shulman worked on assignments for architects, magazines, such as Life, House & Garden, and Good Housekeeping, as well as architectural publications. Over the course of his extensive and prolific career, Shulman nearly always used black-and-white film, focusing on the geometric essentials of the Modernist structures he documented. His work, however, did not simply record architectural details, but rather espoused the architect’s innovative vision and spirit of the era in which both building and photograph were produced. Born in Brooklyn, Shulman moved to Los Angeles as a boy and first developed an interest in photography in high school. After briefly attending the University of California, Los Angeles, and University of California, Berkeley, Shulman was enlisted by a friend to photograph a new Richard Neutra (American, 1892–1970) home in Hollywood. When Neutra saw the photos, he asked to meet Shulman and began giving the young photographer his first assignments. Shulman would go on to photograph buildings by some of the era’s best-known architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright (American 1867–1959), Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907–1978; 1912–1988), Oscar Niemeyer (Brazilian, b.1907), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (American/German, 1886–1969). One of Shulman’s most widely-reproduced works is a 1960 image of Case Study House #22, by Pierre Koenig (American, 1925–2004). The photograph shows two women engaged in conversation in a living room that seemingly floats above the Los Angeles Basin. The transcendence of domesticity over nature is again illustrated in Shulman’s 1947 image of Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, set against a forbidding backdrop of desert expanse and mountains. Although Shulman is best known for his work from the late 1940s through 1960s, he continued to photograph into his 90s. His vast library of images is housed at the Getty Center, which acquired his archive of more than a quarter-million prints, transparencies, and negatives in 2005.