Being married to a graphic artist and pre-press technician has its advantages. My bookshelves are overflowing with great design books and over the years I’ve been exposed to the work of many designers and design movements that I probably would have remained unaware of if my husband hadn’t been so willing to share his knowledge and interests with me. Thanks to him I’ve developed a deep love for mid-century design so I was extremely disappointed to discover that photographer Julius Shulman had passed away last week.
Julius Shulman’s photographs celebrated California modernism. He’s often been called one of our greatest architectural photographers, but his work has only really begun to become fully appreciated by the general public in the last decade thanks to a renewed interest in mid-century design, various exhibits around the world, the publication of many well-received books and a new documentary about his life and work called Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (Eric Bricker; 2008). The film has been getting great reviews and has won some festival awards, but will finally be getting a wide release in October.
If you’d like to know more about the photographer and the documentary Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman I recommend visiting the film’s official website. At the site you can watch a trailer for the film and find information about upcoming screenings in your area. Visit: juliusshulmanfilm.com.
Another new film that should appeal to anyone interested in California modernism is the upcoming documentary Coast Modern directed by Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard. The film is currently expected to make it’s debut later this year, but no specific release date has been announced yet.
According to the website, the film promises to take viewers on a journey through three generations of the modernist movement on the West Coast. In the film architects and their patrons discuss the renewed interest in modernism and what it means to design as well as the world we inhabit. I’ve posted the trailer for Coast Modern below, but I highly recommend visiting the films official website for more information. Visit: coastmodernfilm.com.