California Captured : Mid-century Modern Architecture, Marvin Rand

Author(s): Emily Bills, Sam Lubell, Pierluigi Serraino

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The style and mythology of Mid-Century Modern California architecture as seen through the expert lens of Marvin Rand

Los Angeles photographer Marvin Rand created iconic images of some of the most celebrated architectural creations of his time, photographing buildings by the likes of Modernist masters Craig Ellwood, Louis Kahn, and Frank Lloyd Wright to capture the essence of their work - and, in doing so, played a critical role in shaping the Mid-Century California style now worshiped the world over. The discovery of Rand's archive has brought a treasure trove to life, and California Captured showcases it - and the period - as never before.


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Pierluigi Serraino, is an architect, author, and educator. Pierluigi has lectured in museums and institutions of higher learning on postwar American architecture, California Modernism and architectural photography. His work has been published in journals such as Architectural Record, Architecture California, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Architectural Design (UK). He has authored four books, among them Modernism Rediscovered (Taschen 2000) and NorCalMod: Icons of Northern California Modernism (Chronicle Books, 2006), as well as numerous essays.

Emily Bills Emily Bills is Participating Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies at Woodbury University. She has lectured and curated exhibitions on Mid-Century Modernism and architectural photography. Her work has been published in many journals and books and include Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America; Women and Things: Gendered Material Practices, 1750-1950; Engagement Party, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Visual Merchandising: The Art of Selling. Recent curatorial projects for the Julius Shulman Institute include Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life, Catherine Opie: In & Around LA, and Richard Barnes: Unnatural spaces. 

Sam Lubell is a contributing editor at the Architect’s Newspaper, a staff writer for Wired, and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Architectural Record, Travel+Leisure and New York Magazine among others. He has written four books about architecture: Paris 2000+ (Monacelli Press), London 2000+ (Monacelli Press), Living West (Monacelli Press) and Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis (Rizzoli).


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  • : 9780714876115
  • : Phaidon Press Limited
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : April 2018
  • : books

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  • : Emily Bills, Sam Lubell, Pierluigi Serraino
  • : Hardcover
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