Julius Shulman Preface by Steven Nash, PH.D, Foreword by Julius Shulman, Text by Michael Stern and Alan Hess
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Julius Shulman: Palm Springs

Preface by Steven Nash, PH.D, Foreword by Julius Shulman, Text by Michael Stern and Alan Hess

  • February 12, 2008
  • Hardcover
  • Architecture - Regional
  • Rizzoli
  • 12 x 10
  • $55.00
  • $71.00
  • 978-0-8478-3113-5

About This Book

Through Julius Shulman’s lens, the architecture of Southern California became iconic images of modernism. His photographs heralded the glamor and casual elegance of a lifestyle and architecture that has become revered worldwide. Focusing on the desert paradise of Palm Springs, which was his seminal crucible, this book presents his masterpieces. Images range from Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House and Albert Frey’s Raymond Loewy House, to Paul R. Williams’ house for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Frank Sinatra’s house, John Lautner’s house for Bob Hope, as well as other famous landmarks. The book features more than sixty buildings by fifteen of the most notable mid-twentieth-century architects. With new photography and images culled from his personal collection as well as the Getty Center, this book includes many images never before seen.

About the Author

Michael Stern is a fine artist who creates large-scale illuminated photo-based artworks and installations. He curated the landmark exhibition "Julius Shulman: Palm Springs," which forms the basis of this book. He is the editor, designer, and curator of the Palm Springs Modern Committee’s website. Alan Hess is an architect and architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News, and author of numerous articles and books, including, for Rizzoli, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses, Frank Lloyd Wright: Prairie Style, Oscar Niemeyer Houses, and the forthcoming Frank Lloyd Wright: Mid-Century Modern.


  • "The texts are brief and informative; the pictures conjure a world of mystery and beauty." ~The Architect's Newspaper

    "For students of desert architecture, this book is a great addition to any collection....Shulman's work, his instinct for composition, use of natural light and passion for line and structure, is more enlightening than being in a classroom for several semesters." ~The Desert Sun

    "No design buff should forgo this photographic masterpiece." ~LA Confidential

    "An appreciative, informative text only adds to the fun of exploring this book, and it contains nuggets that will delight the reader..." ~Modernism Magazine
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