Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

September 5, 2013

Screening at Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street house on Wednesday 11 September, ‘Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman’ celebrates the life and career of American architectural photographer, Julius Shulman.

Above: Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, photographed by Julius Shulman

Robin Boyd endures as a notable and distinguished figurehead for Australian architecture. Not only does his built work reverberate in the canon of great Australian Modernism, but his critical writings remains at the forefront of the profession. It is only fitting, then, that a screening of Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman should occur in the covered, outdoor courtyard of – arguably Boyd’s most recognisable project – Walsh Street house (designed in 1958), playing Wednesday 11 September 2013.

Design and Architecture Docos (DADo), the film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation, produces events that instigate debate and further the need for the interplays of different mediums as essential to the architecture profession – this event is particularly intriguing.

It is seemingly incongruous to converge Boyd – an architect who received notoriety through an attack on Australia’s suburbs in his book, The Australian Ugliness (1960) – with Shulman, an architectural photographer who strove to idealise the Modernist sensibility and promote the allure of the Californian suburbs. But it is the very context of the Walsh Street property that will provide the perfect backdrop to the screening. Boyd’s architectural works were exquisite, with such a keen eye for detail and a surgeon’s-knife-precision in critical discourse, it is wholly appropriate that the two are conjoined here.

The film is narrated by US actor, Dustin Hoffman, and celebrates the life and career of the architectural photographer. Shulman’s images are undoubtedly iconographic: whether it is Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House (1946) or Pierre Koenig’s Stahl House (1960), the single-point perspective and black and white hues defined an era and brought Modern architecture to the general public.

To bring proceedings fully into the contemporary, the film will be introduced by one of the most recognised Australian architectural photographers, John Gollings. The screening, however, is only available to subscribers. More information can be found here.

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2008)
Dir. Eric Bricker, 83 minutes, English
Wednesday 11 September 2013

Guest speaker: John Gollings – architectural photographer

  • Booking in advance is essential as capacity is strictly limited.
  • This is a subscribers only event.
  • New subscribers and guests are welcome subject to seating availability. $25 donation is always appreciated.
  • Guests (non-subscribers) are admitted only once per season.

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