Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
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Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman captured the work of nearly every major 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 and brought 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.
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I have a pro bias nature in me regarding this person Julius Shulman because I purchased Charles Lagreco's Family Home in the fall of 2008, and Julius featured this house on pages 364 to 367 of an Architecture Book called Modernism Rediscovered.
I felt a little bit uncomfortable in the self aggrandizement and lauding, but one must blame the documentarian for this tedious expose; although Julius's Photography in Architecture is superior to any one else's work. I did want to meet him, and could have since I purchased the home during the time-period he had rendered the Lagreco Home exquisitely - but he passed on.
Whenever I am in my new home ... and try to photograph it ... Julius is metaphorically standing behind each branch that he would like in the photo. A good and kindhearted friend to Architects and Artists. We see the world differently in Architectonic ways because of his vision, and blood and sweat of the Architects and their Builders.
My name is Falko ....
-Beautifully shot, some good animations as well
-Love the exploration of his iconic Case Study House photos, his process in general
-A great starting point for introducing Modern Architecture to those who think it's lame
-Schulman is wonderful
-Great examples of architects wearing "pretentious round-frame glasses"
I find that the first half of the film is "better," but that could be that I'm more interested in mid-century US Modernism than more contemporary styles