ThThe first event of the Dallas Architecture Forum's season is a screening of Visual Acoustics, a film about the world's greatest architectural photographer, Julius Shulman.
Visual Acoustics explores the monumental career of the late architectural photographer, Julius Shulman, who passed away on July 15th, 2009. Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, Shulman combined the organic with the synthetic, melding nature with revolutionary urban design. The resulting images helped shape the careers of some of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, including Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner and many others. Taking aesthetic cues from Shulman's own sensual and nuanced photography, the film's narrative is built from a blend of Shulman's own images and in-depth interviews with architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford, artist Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch, writer Mitch Glazer, publisher Benedikt Taschen, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti and a host of others. By offering unprecedented and exclusive access to his amazing photographic archive and day-to-day life, Shulman's dedicated involvement in the filming process was an incalculable benefit to the film.
Shulman's career began in 1936 when he began photographing homes designed by the architect Richard Neutra. Shulman was subsequently flooded with commissions from other well-known architects including Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van der Rohe. Over the coming years, Shulman became one of the artists responsible for establishing the cohesive "look" of 20th-century Modernist design.