Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman | Chicago Reader

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Julius Shulman photographed modernist architecture from 1936 into the new century, especially the houses of Southern California, and some of his images have been called more beautiful than their subjects. A "master at shifting planes around," Shulman brought these buildings' rectilinear forms to life by emphasizing their receding lines and at times juxtaposing them with California's curving mountain ranges. His work buoyed some architects’ careers and has been used to restore much-altered classics. This documentary tells this story reasonably well, though one might question whether director Eric Bricker's jazzy montages, collages, and rapid camera movements are appropriate to the contemplation of still photographs. 84 min.



  • Eric Bricker


  • Frances Anderton
  • Tom Ford
  • Frank O. Gehry
  • Recardo Legorreta
  • Kelly Lynch
  • Leo Marmol
  • Judy McKee
  • Raymond Richard Neutra
  • Jergen Nogai
  • Edward Ruscha


  • Eric Bricker


  • Eric Bricker
  • Babette Zilch

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