Julius Shulman Institute

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The Julius Shulman Institute (JSI) at Woodbury University promotes photography of the built environment. The JSI hosts exhibitions, workshops and symposia.[1]


In 2005, architectural photographer Julius Shulman founded the Institute at Woodbury University. He chose a university as a home for the JSI because of his interest in education.[2] The endowment supports students, career artists, and commercial photographers who document the physical environment.

Barbara Bestor is Executive Director of the JSI.[3]


Excellence in Photography[edit]

The Excellence in Photography Award is awarded annually by the Institute to honor photographers that challenge the way we look at physical space.[4]

Year Recipient
2017 Todd Eberle[5]
2016 James Welling
2015 Hélène Binet
2014 Grant Mudford[6]
2013 Catherine Opie
2012 Pedro E. Guerrero
2011 Richard Barns
2010 Iwan Baan


The Institute hosts and curates exhibitions. The University’s Hollywood gallery (WUHO) is the venue for the majority of exhibitions and events.

Date Title
March 3 – March 27, 2016 James Welling
November 5 – December 20, 2015 Matter, Light and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968-2003
February 28 – March 29, 2015 Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light[7][8][9]
April 3 – April 27, 2014 Grant Mudford: Building
October 5 – November 1, 2013 Beyond the Assignment[10][11][12]
February 16 – March 24, 2013 Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.[13][14]
June 9 – November 1, 2013 Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life[15]
October 9 – October 22, 2011 Richard Barnes: Unnatural Spaces[16]
October 2010 Image.Architecture.Now[17]


  1. ^ "About". Julius Shulman Institute. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ "About". Julius Shulman Institute. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Contact". Julius Shulman Institute. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Awards". Julius Shulman Institute. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Julius Shulman Institute presents Todd Eberle: Empire of Space | WUHO". wuho.architecture.woodbury.edu. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  6. ^ "Grant Mudford to receive 2014 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award". Bustler.
  7. ^ "Fragments of Light". Domus Magazine.
  8. ^ Lange, Alexandra. "Reducing Spectacular to Simple". New York Times.
  9. ^ Stathaki, Ellie. "Hélène Binet's show at the Julius Shulman Institute sheds light on the art of contemporary photography". Wallpaper.
  10. ^ Olsberg, Nicholas. "Shattered Glass: The history of architectural photography". Architectural Review.
  11. ^ Kilston, Lyra. "Architecture and Photography Come Together to Make Art Within Art". Wired.
  12. ^ Dimitrova, Bilyana. "Beyond the Assignment". Metropolis Magazine.
  13. ^ Harnish, Tracey. "Catherine Opie: Bearing Witness and the Sublime". The Huffington Post.
  14. ^ "Catherine Opie Show at Woodbury University". Places Journal.
  15. ^ Lange, Alexander. "Pedro E. Guerrero on Being Inspired by the Masters". The New York Times.
  16. ^ "Richard Barnes: Unnatural Spaces". Domus.
  17. ^ Boone, Lisa. "A Celebration of Julius Shulman". Los Angeles Times.