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peterm
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Almost Lost, Then Found

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http://modernmag.com/almost-lost-then-found/

Take a look at Dr. Block's sumptuous color slides...

SDR
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A very well-written story by Miss Morgan, on an intriguing subject. I promptly Googled “Architectural Teaching Slide Collection� and was rewarded with a page of Block images. The Kodachrome has indeed faded in virtually all of the slides, a factor not mentioned in Morgan's enthusiastic piece. Why she would present first a photo of Frey House I in which the camera tilts amateurishly to the right, is puzzling; perhaps she doesn't want us to be disappointed later, as we delve into the work. (Here's a particularly egregious example, of a beloved subject: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/137078382387285408/ )

Still, the wealth of novel images is a valuable addition to the archive. The small collection of slides she gives us at the foot of her article are wonderful, indeed, and a taste of what lies beyond: the Los Angeles Herman Miller showroom designed by Eames; a kitchen by Ain and Day with a puzzling floor-mounted "counter" of variegated red tiling; even the opening shot, a view of a Harris house I don't believe I've seen yet. Modernism in every corner: a small collection of entirely unadorned first-generation Tupperware which could have been designed for a Bauhaus science lab . . .

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And a reminder of the period embrace of COLOR! After looking at mostly black and white photos of the first ⅔ of the 20th century it's great to be reminded that color actually did exist back then, often in mind-boggling combinations to the present sensibility.

For example, who knew that the color of the Schindler designed house for client Rose Harris was, well, rose:

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The Ain kitchen takes me back to the search for surf-glo red...

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Quite right about the color issue. Morgan quotes another on the subject of black-and-white in architectural photography, most sensitively -- but, as you say, the colors were there all along: green houses by Schindler and Koenig, and who knows who else.

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Start here ? See first four lines . . .

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/collections

"The new concept of space" (did he get that from Schindler ?): Entries alphabetical. All of this work falls within a couple of years of 1950 . . . except Bazett.

11 photos of Bazett.

Bukofzer in Berkeley, John Funk

Berkes, Central Lutheran in Portland, Pietro Belluschi

Cohen in SF, Joe Esherick

Foster in Sherman Oaks, John Lautner

Foster in Orinda, Henry Hill

Hurshler in Pasadena, Gregory Ain (color !)

Johnson in Bel Air, H H Harris

Kallis in Hollywood, Schindler

Mauer in Los Angeles, Lautner

Reunion House in Silver Lake, R Neutra

Skolnik in Los Angeles, Schindler

Smith in Stockton, W W Wurster (see open kitchen)

31 images of Taliesin West

Tremaine in Montecito, Neutra

UPA in Burbank, Lautner (remember UPA cartoons ?)

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Craig wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:07 pm
And a reminder of the period embrace of COLOR! After looking at mostly black and white photos of the first ⅔ of the 20th century it's great to be reminded that color actually did exist back then, often in mind-boggling combinations to the present sensibility.

For example, who knew that the color of the Schindler designed house for client Rose Harris was, well, rose:

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