Renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman’s career has spanned eight decades and several continents. In a reflection of Shulman’s admiration for City of Hope, the 95-year-old icon recently donated a collection of photos from his personal archives for a silent auction to benefit the institution.
Held at the Visitor Center on Sept. 17, the fundraiser featured photographs of Boulder Dam in 1936, Philip Johnson’s Crystal Cathedral, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House and iconic Big Sur Bixby Bridge in 1931, among other noted works.
Noted for his eye for structure, form and composition, the visual artist has lent his support to City of Hope before. In 2005, along with his professional collaborator Juergan Nogai, Shulman shot a series of striking images of Helford Clinical Research Hospital at City of Hope, vividly capturing the facility’s advanced design and technology.
Published in countless magazines and books, Shulman’s images date back to the 1920s and represent one of the most comprehensive visual chronologies of modern architecture. His more memorable photographs include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, the J. Paul Getty Center, the Disneyland Hotel and the Palm Springs, Calif., home of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Shulman received the Architectural Photography Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1969 and was then granted an honorary lifetime membership in the organization. He also received a lifetime achievement award from the International Center of Photography in New York in 1998. Shulman and Nogai continue to photograph significant architecture throughout the world.
Event attendees were welcomed to City of Hope by Shulman and Michael A. Friedman, M.D., City of Hope’s president and chief executive officer. In addition to the auction, the event included a campus tour and a full English tea service.