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"(Street-Porter) and (Ouroussoff) document some of the city's most drop-dead spreads, including those by Frank Gehry, John Launtner and Craig Ellwood." --Angeleno Interiors

"Tim Street-Porter basks in LA Modern." ~Vanity Fair

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"Tim Street-Porter basks in LA Modern."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830671
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
After reading several reviews of this book in various home magazines, I was excited about its content and purchased it right away. I was initially delighted to see the variety of homes featured by both prominent and lesser known architects. Where the book falls flat however, is in the depth of the photographic coverage and the lack of visual subject matter to back up the text. The author has certainly done his homework relative to the history of each house and its unique features, but many times the photographs do not back up the text and there are far too few photographs per house. Many of the houses only receive two pages of coverage in this oversized monograph. The other area I was disappointed with was the photography. Although the book is beautifully composed and printed, the photographs themselves lack the drama and depth one has come to expect from seeing these houses in previous publications. I was very surprised to see that the author did not take any cues from Julius Shulman and shoot some of these houses in black and white to give them a sense of timelessness. The photos come off like very nice travel photos. Overall, I would agree with the other review that this is a nice coffee table book, but for those wanting the power and detail of a California Architectural monograph, you should probably hold out for something better.
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I did a bit of Googling and found the title of this review on the GQ web site:
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I also found this review in Modernism Magazine;
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Review of L.A.Modern in the Winter 2008-09 issue of Modernism magazine
By Sandy McLendon
Tim Street-Porter's L.A. Modern resembles a coffee-table book, but
it isn't really; it's a valentine to a city with which
the photographer is madly, dizzyingly in love. Street-Porter, who is a
long way from his native Britain, lost his heart to Los Angeles many
years ago, and it shows. His sumptuous, saturated, crystalline images
of the best modernist residential architecture in the city are the archi-
tectural-photography equivalent of George Hurrell's famed glamour
shots of Hollywood stars, photographs that communicate not only an
idealized beauty, but their creator's love of the subject, too. Structures
so often photographed as to be almost wearyingly familiar, such as
Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House (1924), become fresh and vital
again when seen through Street-Porter's lens; the photographer is able
to communicate not only the oft-seen monumental quality of its exte-
rior, but the gentle melancholy of its interiors as well. His photographs
of Richard Neutra's Singleton House (1959) show how the structure's
Mulholland Drive acreage and extraordinary views made its design
inevitable. Tim Street-Porter has undertaken the task of writing his
book's text to excellent effect: his architectural connoisseurship and
his knowledge of his adopted city spill from every page.
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"Tim Street-Porter, a frequent Met Home contributer and one of the leading architecture photographers in America, offers up this handsomely formatted goody (perfect for an Isamu Noguchi coffee table): L.A. Modern (Rizzoli), with text and images by the British-born lensman and an introduction by Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic of the New York Times. Street-Porter, who lives in LA., is fast becoming the Julius Shulman of his generation, documenting modernist architecture with an eye that encompasses the macro forms as well as the nuance of details. The photos of homes in L.A.Modern, arranged chronologically, include extensive interior as well as exterior shots, all recent and all in color; they range from Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House of 1920 through the Schindler, Neutra, Eames and Lautner years up to Frank Gehry's landmark Schnabel House of 1989." Michael Lassell, Metropolitan Home magazine December 2008.
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One of my favorite books ever. A great book for lovers of mid-century modernism.
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I purchased this book for Christmas as a gift to my brother who is an architect! He absolutely loved the book. Very detailed and amazing photo's. Pefect gift as a coffee table book!
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......very nice quality pictures....very detailed......
- unfortunately floor plans are missing -
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very inspiring! Excellent book!!!
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Great book great value
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