Julius Shulman Architectural Photography

“What good is a dream house if you haven’t got a dream?” – Julius Shulman

visual_acousticsThe legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman passed away earlier this year. Before his passing a documentary, Visual Acoustics – The Modernism of Julius Shulman was made to celebrate the images of modern American architecture captured by Shulman. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman and directed by Eric Bricker the film documents the evolution of modern architecture while paying homage to the man who brought it to the general public attention with such eloquent style.

“Architects live and die by the images that are taken of their work, photographer Julius Shulman has defined the way we look at modernism.”

This memorable passage from the documentary should not just resonate with architects but with other business owners as well, we all live and die by how we are presented to the world and Shulman presented Californian architecture like no other. Shulman was ahead of his time in so many respects, his work signified the importance of highlighting the beauty of the architecture by capturing your imagination. The strong use of lines and the brightness of the Californian sun in his work really invite you into the photograph. Check out further details on the films website here or view the trailer for the documentary here and great photos of Shulman by Kwaku Alston like the one below here.

This great photograph of Julius Shulman by Kwaku Alston, note the humourous sign right foreground of photograph, "Old Age & Treachery Will Overcome Youth & Skill"
This great photograph of Julius Shulman by Kwaku Alston, note the humourous sign right foreground of photograph, “Old Age & Treachery Will Overcome Youth & Skill”


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