Monday, October 17, 2016

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2009)

It wasn't until this most recent viewing (my third) that I really made the connection between architectural photography and film criticism. How did I miss it? Those are my two greatest passions! And it's all right there! At their most basic, both are creative endeavors that rely on someone else's creativity for a starting point. They're both about finding what is unique in a work and bringing attention to it in the most artful way possible. Both professions allow the artist to advocate for new talent as well as the old masters. Is it merely coincidence that a common term for having a particular "take" on a film, is to say that you have "an angle" on it? Julius Shulman was an amazing advocate for modernism and was able to transform that advocacy into masterful works that are able stand on  their own. We should all strive to be that good at what we do.

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