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A celebration of Julius Shulman

October 8, 2010 | 12:18 pm


Noted architectural photographer Julius Shulman, someone whose images helped to build the reputations of so many modernist architects, showed little interest in slowing down. Pictured at age 91 in the 2002 photograph above, the photographer may have been gripping a cane, but he was consumed with the picture at hand at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

First visitors at National Stadium Beijing by Herzog  de Meuron architects 2008 The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University will honor his legacy this weekend with events celebrating what would have been Shulman's 100th birthday had he not passed away at 98. On Saturday, Frances Anderton will moderate a panel of architects, photographers and critics led by architect Neil Denari and historian Kazys Varnelis. They will discuss the relationship between architecture and photography from 3 to 6 p.m.  Admission is $15, and seating is limited.

James Welling_9818_2009_reducedAn opening reception for the exhibition “Image. Architecture. Now” will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. The show features architectural  photographs by Shulman, Catherine Opie and James Welling, among Lovell Health House others. Admission is free. Woodbury University is at 7500 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank.

As part of the anniversary celebration, the symposium and exhibition will be followed by 10-10-10, a Celebration of Julius Shulman on Sunday, when the first Julius Shulman Photography Award will be given to Iwan Baan. Actress Diane Keaton, a longtime preservationist, will be honored with the 10th Julius Shulman Communication Award.  The party starts at 6 p.m. at Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. A dinner and live auction hosted by Benedikt Taschen will follow.  Tickets begin at $250. Information: (818) 767-0888.

An auction of prints by Luisa Lambri, Baan, Chris Mottalini and others will be held on EBay from Saturday to Oct. 19. All proceeds will go to support the Julius Shulman Institute's programming and educational outreach.

Finally, and fittingly, on Sunday the MAK Architecture Tour of modern residences photographed by Shulman has sold out. In an effort to accommodate more fans, however, the MAK Center for Architecture is offering an abbreviated version of the tour -- including Shulman's house and the Lovell Health House pictured at right -- for $40. Call (323) 651-1510 to reserve a spot.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits, from top: Los Angeles Times; Iwan Baan; James Welling; Julius Shulman Photography Archive; Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, used with permission