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Photographer Shulman dies aged 98

Julius Shulman
Shulman's most famous work was entitled Case Study House No. 22

Julius Shulman, considered one of the finest architectural photographers of all time, has died at the age of 98.

He died at his home in Los Angeles, said gallery owner Craig Krull who represented him for 20 years.

Shulman's images of California's modernist architecture brought him worldwide attention.

"He was the biggest architectural photographer of all time," Mr Krull said, adding Shulman made architectural photography a fine art form.

Shulman's most famous image was a 1960 photo titled Case Study House No. 22, a black and white photo of a glass and steel frame home in the Hollywood Hills, by architect Pierre Koenig.

It depicts two women sitting in the glass house seemingly suspended in mid-air with the lights of Los Angeles twinkling below.

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Shulman's worked primarily in California during his long career, often framing the modernist buildings against the mountains, plants and oceans which surrounded them.

The Getty Centre bought Shulman's archive of 260,000 photos in 1995. Shulman then teamed up with collaborator Juergen Nogai and worked into his 90s to build another library of photos.

"He may not have considered himself an artist, but his work has been reviewed in all the important art magazines of the day," said Mr Krull.

When asked how Shulman's work differed from other photographers working in the genre, Mr Krull said: "Modernism is characterised by an optimistic spirit, a belief that the future holds great promise and technology will improve civilization.

"Julius was perfectly suited to translate the tenets of optimism."

Shulman was born in 1910 in Brooklyn, New York, and moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was 10.

After leaving school he earned a little money taking photos with an box camera, winning a national magazine contest with a photograph he took of a bridge.

But it was a casual meeting with architect Richard Neutra in 1936 that launched his seven decade-long career.

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