October 12, 2010


Last Friday, October 16th, Visual Acoustics opened in Los Angeles, a film about architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

Tonight I finally got around to seeing it.

What an incredible film! Julius is without a doubt the photographer I aspire to be. I can’t believe that during my last two years of studying architectural photography at the Academy of Art University, none of my professors directed me to have a look at his work. In fact, the way I found out about Julius Shulman was through the broker on the house we are renting in LA right now. Of all people!!! She mentioned that he had passed away, and that it was a major loss for Los Angeles.

Being the curious person I am, I decided to Google him up and was blown away by the results I discovered. I found myself clicking through page after page of Google Images, reading article after article on his work. A few weeks later, a friend sent the link for the Visual Acoustics Apple Trailer…. After that, I just found myself counting down the days until it came out in Los Angeles…

The film gives an incredible history not only on Julius, but on the modernist architects of the 20th century. That was a bonus! There were clips from interviews from 50 years ago, and clips from as soon as a few years ago. I can go on and on about this film, but I’d much rather strongly recommend you to see it. Any fan of architecture and photography really should see it!

I aspire not only to enjoy a career in architectural photography such as his, but I also aspire to share his positive outlook on… well… everything! I’m sorry I didn’t get the opportunity to know him before he passed away, I would have loved the opportunity to meet him.

© Visual Acoustics, by Eric Bricker

© Visual Acoustics, by Eric Bricker