MODERNIST JULIUS SHULMAN AND HIS “VISUAL ACOUSTICS”
We who love modernism already worship the work of Julius Shulman, and this documentary “Visual Acoustics,” will make it clear why his photography is worthy of such adoration. His architectural photos were responsible for creating the image of the “California lifestyle” in the 50’s and 60’s. (Isn’t that why many of us moved here?) Shulman just died last July at the age of 98 and was working until the end. He was a fascinating and outspoken personality who “discovered” many of the famous architects renowned today. Shulman was so devoted to the optimistic ideals of modernism that during the 1970’s when gussied up “post modernism” appeared, he announced his retirement. He lived long enough to see a bountiful resurgence in the appreciation of modernism, and his work in particular. The architecture around us all, does indeed, shape our lives. You’ll walk out of this documentary knowing exactly what “Visual Acoustics” are.