Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Eric Bricker

Eric Bricker's Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2008) celebrates the career of the Los Angeles photographer, who died in 2009 at age 98. The film is a love song to Southern California architectural modernism exemplified by Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, and John Lautner. Bricker lavishes deserved attention on Shulman's photographs of Pierre Koenig's Case Study House No. 22 (1960) and Richard Neutra's 1946 Kaufmann Desert House (top two stills). Third and fourth stills: Shulman documents Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) with a view camera and assistant. Shulman memorably says that the camera is the least important piece of equipment for a photographer, which rings true when you see all the prosaic photographs of the same buildings.
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