Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

July 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Posted in architecture, film, photography | Leave a comment
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visual acoustics poster

This film has been on my list of things to blog about for a while so I figured this would be a fitting follow up to my previous entry; a tribute to the late Julius Shulman.

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics explores the monumental career of 98-year-old architectural photographer, Julius Shulman. 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 to shape the careers of some of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, with Shulman documenting the work of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner, and many others.

For those of you who happen to be in Melbourne there is a screening of Visual Acoustics this weekend (Sunday August 2) as a part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I’m afraid I’ll just have to wait for the theatre release or when it comes out on DVD though. :(

For more information visit the official website at

Julius Shulman (1910 – 2009)

July 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Posted in architecture, photography | Leave a comment
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shulman_h Photo: Dan Winters

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

Just a few months shy of his 99th birthday, Julius Shulman, the photographer famous for his iconic photos of modern homes and a glamorous post-war Los Angeles, died at his home in L.A. on Wednesday the 15th of August.

His love and  respect for Modernist architecture, his amazing photos and his contagiously charming personality led him to be a well respected champion of the modernist architecture movement.

Shulman’s architectural photography career began by chance at the young age of 26 when his photos of an incomplete house designed by Richard Neutra impressed the architect so much that he offered him money for them and invited him to take more. This talent for photography not only launched his own career but arguably the careers of many of the period’s most famous architects such as Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Raphael Soriano (who designed Shulman’s own house, which he lived in for decades.)

His work, whether in black and white or colour, was never just about composition and light. It was about lifestyle. He was the first architectural photographer to plant men, women, and children like props inside buildings.

skinner house

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julius shulman at the stahl house

Above is a photo of Julius Shulman at work photographing the now famous Stahl House (Case Study House #22) and below is a link to a short video of Julius talking about his most famous  photograph that could easily be said to be the signature image of 1960’s Los Angeles.

stahl house video

For a great article that gives an insight into the life of the charming, brilliant, and cantankerous architectural photographer in 36 exposures visit the LAmag website here.

Bayon Head – Diana F+

July 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Posted in my work, photography | 3 Comments
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bayon headPhoto: Aidan Taylor 2009

I’m back! I thought I’d kick things off with a photo I took while exploring the Bayon Temple in the ancient city of Angkor Thom, Cambodia. I took this using my 38mm wide angle lens and black and white medium format film.

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