FILM | Melbourne: Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Julius Shulman

Date: 11 September 2013 – 6pm
Venue: Robin Boyd House, Walsh Street, South Yarra

Guest Speaker: John Gollings Architectural Photographer

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

2008, Dir. Eric Bricker, 83 minutes, English

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away just after the film was completed in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled a movement with his unforgettable images. (source: cover notes)

The screening will be introduced by John Gollings, one of Australia’s leading architectural photographers and worked with Julius Shulman as a young photographer. In Australia, John Gollings has been making pictures of architecture for going on forty years. For nearly all the last third of the twentieth century and all of this to date, he has recorded the progress of modern architecture here and elsewhere. His pictures are surely among the most reproduced and they have in and of themselves played a major role in shaping our perceptions of modern Australian architecture. They comprise a diverse mosaic of the evolving urban environment and a rich resource documenting the progress of architecture of the last forty years.

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