The Julius Shulman Institute (JSI) at Woodbury University has acted as an important bridge that connects the general public to the disciplines of architecture and photography. For this year’s 2022 edition, the JSI presents James Florio with the prestigious Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.
Florio’s photographic works capture the intimate details of the built environment in nature and in urban landscapes. Many of his past works and projects document the impact of time, nature and climate on architecture and landscapes. While the photographs featured here primarily highlight his latest work with Ensamble Studio, other projects such as the Cervantes Theatre, the Exeter Library and the Gio Ponti Museum of Art in Denver exhibit Florio’s eye for studying structure, materials, texture and shade from a macro to a micro scale.
In collaboration with architects, Florio reveals the slow and experimental process in the making of unique architecture and the disruption of the landscape. — Barbara Bestor, Executive Director of the Julius Shulman Institute
As current artist-in-residence at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, Florio has worked with Ensamble Studio to capture their site-specific projects that intertwine architecture, manufacturing methods, landscapes, and typological research. JSI Executive Director Barbara Bestor shares, “James Florio used photography to take us on an adventure of discovery. […] In collaboration with architects, Florio reveals the slow and experimental process in the making of unique architecture and the disruption of the landscape.”
Alongside his residency, Florio teamed up with Iker Gil (architect and director of MAS Studio) and editor-in-chief of the quarterly design journal SMA background to produce a reflective book on the studio and their work over the past twenty years titled, Radical Logic: On the work of Ensemble Studio. Gil explains: “Working alongside him on the book radical logic, allowed me to witness the commitment and reflection behind each of his photographs. He patiently approaches his subjects, documenting them across multiple weather conditions and seasons to fully convey the rich relationship between weather, landscape and the built environment.”
Florio’s latest work, titled “On Light, Time, and Materiality,” will be exhibited at Los Angeles-based BAG Gallery. Her work will also be accompanied by works by 2021 Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award winner Lee Bey and 2020 winner Victoria Sambunari. 8 p.m. PST. “On Light, Time, and Materiality” will be exhibited at BAG from April 22 to June 3, 2022.
The Montana-based photographer joins the JSI’s list of distinguished honorees, including Lee Bey (2021), Victoria Sambunar (2020), Livia Corona Benjamin (2019), Benny Chan (2018), Todd Eberle (2017), James Welling (2016 ), Hélène Binet (2015), Grant Mudford (2014) Catherine Opie (2013), Pedro E. Guererro (2012), Richard Barnes (2011) and Iwan Baan (2010).