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Malibu: A Century of Living by the Sea Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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About the Author
American photographer Julius Shulman s images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. A book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright s or Pierre Koenig s remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman s photography. The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building s surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs. Today, a great many of the buildings documented by Shulman have disappeared or been crudely converted, but the thirst for his pioneering images is stronger than ever before.
Top Customer Reviews
In this book the author provides a pictorial history of Malibu. There are many pictures of homes of movie stars of 1920s/30s/40s who made Malibu as their home. There is also some discussion of the work of architects in designing these houses. Historically significant houses like the Adamson house is also shown in this book with several views of the ocean, and also the interior of the house. This house still sits at its original spot across from Malibu Colony, a thriving shopping center and the house is open for visitors. The chief architect of Adamson's house was Stiles O Clement.
Some of the historical pictures that interested me are the following: a 1890 picture of Paradise Cove; 1929 picture of the opening of picturesque Pacific Coast Highway (then called Roosevelt Highway); a 1893 picture of Rindge family home; 1939 picture of Malibu Colony with its own private beach; and 1924 picture of actress Louise Fazenda's house.
The highly unconventional Stevens house of Malibu was designed by the architect John Lautner; one of the twentieth century's most extraordinarily gifted and experimental designers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this look at Malibu. I grew up in this area and brings back hometown memories.Published 19 months ago by Mark Twain
Excellant book...I am enjoying it immensely. The picture history is great. I would highly recommend this book. Don't miss this book on Malibu.Published on January 2, 2011 by Michael Depompo
I thought that the book was "outstanding" Particulary liked the history part and the progression of Malibu over the years.Published on August 12, 2005 by James G. Johnson