October must-read: Portraits of the New Architecture 2.

Fernando Romero Enterprise. Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011 © Richard Schulman_b
Fernando Romero Enterprise. Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011 © Richard Schulman

My father is currently reading American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection – all nine volumes – and sharing them with me. What he loves about these books is the concise description with each photograph. “They tell you exactly what you need to know,” he says.

The same can be said for Portraits of the New Architecture 2 (Assouline), a follow-up to Richard Schulman’s best-selling 2004 book. Packed with engaging portraits and architectural works, each designer is profiled with a micro-essay, giving us a glimpse into how they think and live.

You can tell how much I enjoy a book based on the number of post-it notes.

What’s so extraordinary about Schulman as an architectural photographer is that he has met (and photographed) all these architects. Other than architecture critics like Paul Goldberger or Michael Kimmelman, I can’t think of anyone who has had such an opportunity. Lucky for us, he’s also sharing those experiences, which is a bit like meeting these masters of design ourselves.

Jeanne Gang © Richard Schulman_b
Jeanne Gang © Richard Schulman

Speaking of Goldberger, he wrote the introduction to this book and, like me, he is struck by how Schulman “knows how to capture people and make them reveal something about themselves.” Goldberger also notes: “At the crux of [Schulman’s] images is his attempt to explore the elusive connection between architects and their work, a subject that traditional architectural photography almost invariably ignores.”

Gang 2 © Richard Schulman_b
Aqua Tower by Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, © Richard Schulman

Side note: Goldberger is enjoying a bit of a moment right now and I also recommend picking up his other recent release: Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry. It’s 528 pages of all things Gehry and a great read.

For more than 30 years, Schulman has directed his camera toward the most iconic architectural works of our time and those who create them, including 32 Pritzker Prize recipients and counting. In the foreword, Schulman writes: “This is a book with the intention to continue engaging the personalities of the architects and their architecture,” and I’m pleased to report that he has truly accomplished that.

Join us tonight for a special event with Richard Schulman. The evening will include a presentation, a Q&A session and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

An Evening with Richard Schulman
Thursday, October 1, 6:30–8:30pm
DWR 57th & 3rd Studio
957 Third Ave., New York

RSVP to achan@dwr.com