About Richard Schulman
Richard Schulman has photographed extraordinary works of architecture and design, as well as prominent cultural personalities — artists, architects, literary figures and more — since the 1980s. Schulman has traveled from Bali, Indonesia to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, and across continents to photograph unique built works and personalities worldwide. His work has been published in national as well as international publications such as: Domus, Abitare, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, London Times, El Pais, Metropolis, Paris Match, and Stern.
In the field of architecture, he has focused on portraits of architects, as well as their buildings and designs. His subjects have included such luminaries as Philip Johnson, Oscar Niemeyer, Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Bjarke Ingles, Diller & Scofidio, Jean Nouvel, and Toyo Ito, among many international leaders in the field. In fact, he has photographed 33 Pritzker Prize recipients and their work. His books feature much of this work and include: Portraits of the New Architecture, 50 Portraits of Architects and Their Works, Portraits of the New Architecture 2, Conversations with Clients and Architects, Conversations on Critical and Projective Theory of Architecture, and New Architecture London.
Pulitzer prize-winning critic Paul Goldberger has said of Schulman’s Portraits of the New Architecture.
"Schulman, aside from being a portraitist, is an accomplished architectural photographer, and within the pages of this book are not only unique portraits of the architect-subjects, but images of many of their buildings that in some cases are among the finest that have been taken. These architectural photographs serve another purpose, too: they assure that however bedazzling Schulman's portraits of these architects are, the architecture will still have the chance to speak for itself."
Schulman's work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. He was represented by the Swiss gallery Stockeregg in Basel at the renowned Art Basel Art fair. Most recently, his photograph of Herzog & de Meuron’s Parrish Museum was featured in the Swiss Architecture Museum. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented his photograph of Greg Lynn’s Bloom House.
For the past twenty years, Schulman has been lecturing and teaching. He has spoken at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum, Shenzhen/Hong Kong Biennial, Sci-Arc, and Arts Arena Paris. Additionally, Schulman has taught a class entitled Photographing Architecture and its Design: The History of Photographing Architecture at Parsons: The New School for Design. He teaches issues of portraiture and documentary photography and how it relates to contemporary work at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Schulman has been invited for the past seven years to participate in architect Greg Lynn's Yale Graduate School of Architecture Review.
Schulman began his work in photography for Rolex Watches at Tennis’s US Open and for the 1980 presidential campaign of Senator Edward Kennedy. Following that experience, he had the opportunity to photograph hundreds of leading artists, which have included: Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and Ellsworth Kelly.
Writing in New York Times, William Zimmer said of Schulman’s work in the exhibition 20 Photographic Portraits Denote a Generation of Artists, "The mix of intense light and dark is further enhanced by a golden gleaming which he has framed many of his subjects. Viewers might be reminded of Rembrandt...."
While presently immersed in photographing architecture and design Schulman continues to add to his impressive portrait archives that includes many cultural figures from all walks of life: Yo-Yo Ma, Ted Turner, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, David Koch, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal and Nobel scientist David Baltimore, among others.
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