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Rafael Soriano: Shulman residence, Los Angeles (August 2009 & June 2010)

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Architectural photographer Julius Shulman lived to the healthy age of 98, working to the very end. When he died, in July 2009, he left a 73 year legacy behind, as well as countless aspiring and working photographers, to whom he readily gave advice on request. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Shulman numerous times, including several visits to the home that Shulman commissioned Raphael Soriano to design and build for him in 1950. For reasons perhaps never to be fully understood by me, I was given the privilege and honor to photograph the home after it had been prepared for sale by his family. Much of the legendary photographer's personal belongings had been removed from the home, so what was left was a rather sparsely appointed house. Among the mostly empty spaces, though, are myriad details that collectively draw a portrait of the man who lived and worked in the house for nearly 60 years.