General Dynamics building in San Diego
A General Dynamics building in San Diego photographed by Julius Shulman.

San Diego’s mid-century modern architecture is the focus of an exhibit opening Saturday at the Central Library downtown.

Julius Shulman: Modern San Diego” features more than five decades of photos highlighting buildings throughout San Diego County taken by the renowned architectural photographer.

While best known for his iconic photographs of Los Angeles and Palm Springs, Shulman shot more than 200 buildings in San Diego between 1934 and 2007, working with several notable San Diego architects.

A sampling of his best San Diego work, most of which which has not been widely shared or published until now, is on display in the Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.

The exhibit is a collaboration with the La Jolla Historic Society, and was curated by local architectural historian Keith York, who was introduced to Shulman’s unique perspective on San Diego by the photographer himself during a series of interviews and personal visits.

The Shulman photos are available for public viewing from Sept. 28 through Jan. 19. The Art Gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.