The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Director/Producer Eric Bricker has been screening his new documentary about Julius Shulman over the last several months. I came across the trailer and website earlier this morning and instantly became a fan (although I haven’t seen the film yet). Here’s a little information about Julius Shulman and the trailer for Eric Bricker’s new documentary Visual Acoustics.

 

About Julius Shulman (from Wikipedia)

Julius Shulman’s images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. A book on modern architecture without Shulman is inconceivable. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Pierre Koenig’s remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman’s photography.

The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building’s surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs.

Today, a great many of the buildings documented by Shulman have disappeared or been crudely converted, but the thirst for his pioneering images is stronger than ever before.

 

The trailer for Visual Acoustics

[youtube width=”590″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_5FuW1SK88[/youtube]

 

A few selected photographs (used without permission)

 

By |2009-03-09T16:32:33-07:00March 9th, 2009|Architecture, Design, Movies, Photography|0 Comments

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