Visual Acoustics is a captivating portrait of Julius Shulman, the venerable architectural photographer who died in July at age 98. You might not recognize his name, but almost certainly you've gasped at his iconic images of modernist buildings. Shulman photographed buildings as if they were movie stars: He found their best angles and immortalized them.
Frank Lloyd Wright may have birthed the Guggenheim Museum, but it was Shulman - in photographs of rare spatial clarity and transcendence - who delivered Wright's inspiring helical funnel to the public.
And it was Shulman, in a widely published photograph of Pierre Koenig's Case Study House No. 22, that glass-and-steel aerie perched atop the Hollywood Hills overlooking the twinkling city below, who in one indelible image captured the physics and metaphysics of the Los Angeles lifestyle.