Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman – 2011 Calgary International Film Festival

I know I will LOVE Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman just from the trailer alone.

Visual Acoustics film synopsis from CIFF,

“Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Eric Bricker’s multiple award-winning VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman. Long considered to be the world’s greatest architectural photographer, Schulman’s iconic, instantly recognizable images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.

Shulman captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s Modernist movement, bringing its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

Shulman developed a close association with the modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California, and his images played a major role in crafting the image of the Southern California lifestyle to the rest of the world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor and editor of his own vast archive, Shulman remained active up until his passing in July of 2009.”

Note: “Director Eric Bricker in Attendance!” So I am hoping to be able to interview Eric!


“Frank Lloyd Wright may have birthed the Guggenheim Museum, but it was Shulman – in photographs of rare spatial clarity and transcendence – who delivered Wright’s inspiring helical funnel to the public.

And it was Shulman, in a widely published photograph of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22, that glass-and-steel aerie perched atop the Hollywood Hills overlooking the twinkling city below, who in one indelible image captured the physics and metaphysics of the Los Angeles lifestyle.”

Review: Visual Acoustics: The Modernism Of Julian Shulman

Love this quote by Julian Shulman, “Let the architects do all the heavy work — we come in and take pictures.”

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