Julius Shulman Movie

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My colleagues and I have written here before about the great architectural photographer Julius Shulman, who died last year. And that is totally fitting. Shulman's contributions to architectural photography, modern architecture, and architectural publishing were nothing short of monumental. Last night I had the pleasure watching a movie about the man, and I highly recommend it.

It was through Shulman's seductive black-and-white images that the world came to know the work of California modernists Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Albert Frey, and many others. Were it not for Shulman, a cupid with a view camera, America might not have fallen as it did for the whole idea of mid-century California cool. Visual Acoustics, explores the impact of photography on popular tastes, something we in the magazine business think about a lot. But the movie is primarily a celebration of the artist, his work, and his subjects. The scene in which Shulman revisits Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #22, which he captured in perhaps the most indelible architectural photograph of all time, is historically fascinating, visually thrilling, and elegiac at the same time.

 Visual Acoustics is available for streaming on Netflix. --BDS

 

 
 

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