Visual Acoustics: Julius Shulman
“One things my mentor noticed about my photographs was that the equal balance of light in all my photographs. For example, the external light on one wall was always equal to that of artificial light on the other wall … Look at this picture, this here is natural light, God. This here is my light, me. God and me.” – Julias Shulman
Just wanted to take some time to post about the latest Design Film Festival screening I saw, Visual Acoustics. It’s a documentary on Julias Shulman, the most famous architectural photographer in the world. He captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. These are architects who were at the forefront of the modernist movement throughout Southern California (LA) and in fact, most of the western world, homes that – because of him – found their way into the public eye. Anyways, for those of you who aren’t familiar with any of those names, some of their houses have been featured in popular films – these are the only two I remember – Charlie’s Angels (FUCKING NICE!!) and Twilight (The Cullen House).
“It’s a good business to be in. You let all the architects do the heavy lifting, and then you just take nice pictures.” – Julias Shulman
It was a pretty interesting film, especially because he was so quirky, even in his 90s. Anyways, I’m glad they managed to finish the documentary. He passed away last July at the age of 99.
“The least important thing in photography is the camera.” – Julias Shulman
Check out the other Design Film Festival screenings.