Julius Shulman

24 02 2012

Julius Shulman, Looking Over Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles From Mount Hollywood, 1936.

My students don’t know it, but they’re going to be watching Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman while I’m out of town. It’s a fantastic film about Shulman’s architectural photography, with really clever transitions and sharp cinematography (I honestly don’t think the trailer does the documentary justice). I’m hoping that I’ll get to see some of Shulman’s photography at the In Focus: Los Angeles 1945-1980 exhibit at the Getty Center this weekend. I love all of his work, but I especially love this photo of Griffith Observatory. It perfectly captures the essence of Modern space in Los Angeles—hills and horizon, light and linearity.