If you’d told me six months ago that I’d be shooting LA’s iconic “Stahl House”, I’d have to pinch myself because that would have sounded like a dream. If you’d told me that I’d be shooting it on assignment for a magazine, I would have thought I’d died and gone to heaven. But to shoot the house and have my photos featured in Los Angeles Magazine with a story by my dear friend and famed LA historian Alison Martino? Well, here it is and here I am, living proof that dreams do come true.
Last month, I got a call from my dear friend Alison Martino, telling me she was writing an article for LA magazine. Then she asked if I was available to shoot the accompanying photos and I said yes before she even told me what they were for. When she said it was the Stahl house, I literally jumped up and down for joy. I couldn’t believe it! I’d been a fan of the house since I was a teenager, when I first saw the brilliant photos of it, taken by legendary lensman Julius Shulman. When I saw the recent documentary about Shulman, I fell even more in love. As an architecture buff, long time fan of Shulman, admirer of Pierre Koenig and mid century modern design in general, this was an assignment that had my name all over it. And to shoot alongside my favorite Los Angeles historian, the “DeLorean of The Internet”, Alison Martino, well…wow.
I knew it was going to be amazing, but nothing could prepare me for actually being there. It’s literally like going to space. The house sits perched high atop the Hollywood Hills above the famed Chateau Marmont hotel. In reality, the house is not gigantic nor is it at all ostentatious, but it feels like a palace. A palace of memories. Vintage yet futuristic, it’s the perfect LA home and to me, it is the most fascinating place in Los Angeles. If Los Angeles has a heart and soul, and I believe it does, Stahl House is it. Meeting the Stahl family was an absolute delight and shooting their amazing family home was pure magic. I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Click the link below to read the article!
See more of the Stahl house *tours available!*, at their official website:
(I’m absolutely delighted to see my image being used there as well, in the ‘iconic images’ gallery)
Thank you Alison Martino, the entire Stahl Family, and Los Angeles Magazine for entrusting me with my best assignment as a photographer yet!!!
On to the images!