As you may know both Erika and I work extensively in architectural photography (her as a studio manager and I as a shooter), so it was particularly interesting when on a recent flight I watched the documentary Visual Acoustics. The film, directed by Eric Bricker, looks at the life of Julius Shulman – “the world’s greatest architectural photography”. Shulman was responsible for documenting the architectural modernism movement in California starting in the 1930s. He photographed the buildings of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry.
The film is a must watch for anyone that does or wants to work in architectural photography as well as those interested in architecture and design. The breadth of topics covered leave a lot to take away for anyone who does creative work. From urban planning to repurposing work to a fine art context, the film is a fascinating look at a lifelong career and the various ups and downs that go along with it.
See the trailer below and visit the film’s website for more info.