Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Freeman House - Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright's Freeman House, built in 1920s Los Angeles of what Wright called his "textile block" system of concrete masonry. The photographs are by celebrated architectural photographer Julius Shulman, about whom Virginia Postrel has a run down here. His photographs, she says, portray not just "what it’s like to live in the modern house," as Shulman himself put it s humbly, but
something more powerful: an ideal of what it’s like to live in a modern house. Shulman’s photographs are not simply beautiful objects in themselves or re-creations of striking buildings; they are psychologically compelling images that invite viewers to project themselves into the scene. An architectural photograph can conjure three possible desires: “I want that photograph,” “I want that building,” or “I want that life.” Shulman’s best work evokes all three.

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