In the first half of the last century, Julia Morgan busted up the boys’ clubs in the U.S. and France, breaking down barriers that had previously limited women’s education in the field of architecture — becoming the first licensed female architect in California.
In honor of her posthumously-awarded Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, Architect Magazine has featured several of her 700+ projects in a ten-page cover story in this month’s issue, written by LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. I was honored to be invited to photograph this feature, including the cover image, for one of the most prestigious magazines in the world.
The editors of Architect Magazine contacted me about photographing for this story after having published our photographs of Ehrlich Architects’ Yuma Courthouse last year. They were so impressed with the beauty and quality of light in our images, that we were their first call for this assignment. What a compliment!
My job as an architectural photographer is to interpret the projects I photograph, usually with guidance from the architect or builder themselves. For this assignment, we had to turn to an historical figure, and a giant in her field at that! It’s a great responsibility to be trusted to interpret the work of such a prominent architect, and a challenge we took very seriously.
The cover image is a detail of The Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles (1914), but this story also featured our photographs of Berkeley City Club in Berkeley (1930), Hearst Memorial Gym in Berkeley (1925-27), Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove (1913–1929), the Chinatown YMCA and residence in San Francisco (1930), Hearst Castle in San Simeon (construction began in 1919), and the Macgregor House in Berkeley (1920):
See the full article here!
It was quite a feat photographing so many projects, across California, on a beyond-tight publication deadline. The editors at Architect Magazine at first believed the story impossible to photograph in such a short period of time, but were blown away by our ability to meet their deadlines and deliver cover-quality imagery.
Not only did we provide gorgeous photographs for their cover story, we did it while making building managers and occupants happy, and were able to gain exclusive access to previously un-documented spaces.