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, who passed away this year, 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 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.
Visual Acoustics is a terrible name for a documentary, but a fascinating look at the life of a man that I knew nothing about. His name is Julius Shulman and he was a photographer who basically took pictures of buildings, of architecture. You have seen his pictures whether you realize it or not. A number of people feel that he really changed not only the face of photography, but the face of architecture itself. Sitting through the first couple of minutes you might be thinking to yourself that maybe this is something I really don’t want to see, but I promise you, if you will stick with it you will witness fabulous imagery and a very interesting man who knows everybody and if you have ever had any interest in architecture, which to be quite honest mine was only glancing, this will deepen it and make you lust after fabulous houses, especially modern architecture. Stick with it. It is really worth your time and effort.