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The Stahl House, Los Angeles
In 1942 John Entenza, the publisher and editor of Arts & Architecture magazine, hired Julius Schulman as staff photographer. After World War II, Entenza conceived a project to publicize well-designed, affordable Modernist homes for returning service personnel. Many of the “Case Study Houses” were built, photographed by Schulman, and published in Arts & Architecture. Case Study House #22, is a small steel-and-glass home in the Hollywood Hills built for Clarence “Buck” Stahl and his family. Schulman photographed at night to accentuate its wide overhanging eaves, and astounding view of Los Angeles. His composition exaggerates the space, making the house appear larger than it is, and its cantilevered overhang wider and more dramatic. Because of this image, the Stahl House has become the paradigm of Southern California Modernist architecture.
from Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame (exhibition, 2020-21)