ARTstor has collaborated with the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute to share approximately 5,000 images of modern architecture from the archive of architectural photographer Julius Shulman (1910–2009) and approximately 1,500 images of European and American artists from the archive of Alexander Liberman (1912–1999).
The archive spans the career of Julius Shulman from 1936 to 1997 and documents the development of modern architecture in Southern California. In 1936, Shulman photographed Richard J. Neutra’s Kun House in Los Angeles, CA. Through his relationship with the architect, Shulman secured other commissions to document the work of California-based architects such as R. M. Schindler, Raphael Soriano, Gregory Ain, J. R. Davidson, John Lautner, and Pierre Koenig, among others. From 1945 to 1966, Shulman photographed projects from the Case Study House Program, an experimental program sponsored by the magazine Arts & Architecture. This program commissioned major architects, such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen, to design inexpensive and innovative single-family homes during the post-World War II housing boom. Shulman’s most famous work is the photograph for Case Study House No. 22, the Stahl House designed by architect Pierre Koenig. In this seminal image, two stylish women are shown chatting in a living room as the glass-walled, cantilevered structure of the house juts out over the side of Laurel Canyon, revealing the bright lights and street grid of Los Angeles below.
An influential magazine editor, Alexander Liberman served as art director for Vogue magazine and editorial director of Condé Nast Publications from 1962 to 1994. He introduced modern art to fashion publishing, using artworks as backdrops for fashion shoots, commissioning projects from avant-garde artists and leading photographers, and publishing essays by art critics and profiles of living artists. Liberman established close personal and working relationships with many contemporary artists and notable personalities, often photographing and conducting interviews with his subjects in New York and Europe. His archive documents more than 242 major European and American artists, such as Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Barnett Newman, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko. Produced between 1925 and 1998, Lieberman’s portraits captured artists at work or in their studios, many documenting works in progress or finished works of art. The collection in ARTstor will represent highlights from the Alexander Liberman photography archive, which comprises more than 148,000 photographic prints, transparencies, negatives and other related materials.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Getty Research Institute: Photo Archives collection page.
- Ezra Stoller Archive (Esto)
- The Museum of Modern Art: Architecture and Design
- Wayne Andrews: Architecture (Esto)
- Ralph Lieberman: Architectural Photography
- QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture (Columbia University)
- Wilfried Wang: Modern Architecture (University of Texas at Austin)
- Robert Winter: Architecture of California (Occidental College)