The Friends of the Neutra VDL Research Site are pleased to announce that a photograph of Richard and Dion Neutra’s unique Silver Lake home and studio taken by famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman is available for sale through the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design.
The print depicts Richard Neutra sitting on the terrace of the VDL II wing of the compound viewing its cooling water roof. The prints are numbered and signed by Julius Shulman (image 16 x 20 inches; sheet 21 x 24 inches); twice as large as the original 8 x 10 inch photograph taken over 40 years earlier.
Many have inquired as to where an affordable print can be purchased. In comparison to other available prints this print is extremely affordable AND the proceeds go towards a relevant cause.
For more information please visit the Neutra VDL website.Posted in: Conservation > Photography
This post is from John Crosse’s most excellent blog so-cal-arch-history.com. John was a very good friend of Julius and spent many hours with him. John writes that the purpose of his blog “is to share my findings with the outside world and hopefully create a network of like-minded individuals to learn more from.” His website/blog is a treasure trove of images and ideas related to the architectural history of Southern California. Thank you John for this incredible resource you have created for all of us.
The above iconic 1947 Julius Shulman image of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House presaged the dynamic duo’s entree into the Pantheon of modernist architecture and photography. Arguably the most iconic architectural photograph ever taken….Posted in: Architecture > History
Tonight is the Sundance Channel television premiere. There are also screenings tomorrow (May 25th) at 9:35 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Really excited.Posted in: Screenings
Here is a quick overview of the history of architectural photography posted on a blog by Gina Cortez.
“WHF Talbot, one of the first photographers, used to take architectural landscape photos from his hotel window, in the cities he visited. Roger Fenton, the first war photographer was the first one to take fine architectural studies, using calotypes, both in Britain, his home country, and in Russia (in Kiev, Moscow and St. Petersburg). He learnt the waxed paper calotype process….”Posted in: History
From the TAKE SUNSET Blog.
“Coming up this week are two events that will benefit the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee and honor the late master photographer Julius Shulman. On May 12th at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood there will be a screening of the documentary Visual Acoustics, a film which is a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.
The second event takes place May 15th at the Shulman House. 50 lucky guests will travel via motocoach to the former home and studio in the Hollywood Hills. There will be cocktails and hors d’œuvres at sunset in the steel-and-glass house designed by Raphael Soriano in 1950, and in the extensive gardens by visionary mid-century landscape designer Garrett Eckbo.
The benefit program will also include a silent auction, guest speakers, and a brief visit to a nearby home also featured in the film. The coach will leave from the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood promptly at 6 p.m., and arrive back at the theatre at 9:30 p.m.
For more info about both events click HERE.”Posted in: Conservation
VISUAL ACOUSTICS television premiere on Sundance Channel, May 24th at 8:00 p.m.Posted in: Screenings
Bercy Chen Studio in Austin, Texas. Great architects as well as human beings.Posted in: Architecture
Here is a great piece done by Sean Bello on his visit to the Stahl House (CSH#22).
“I’ve been living and working in Los Angeles for the past 17 years. I’ve dined at some of the finest restaurants, visited some of the best places the city has to offer and taken in some great shows that come through town. Few things tend to surprise me these days – until my recent tour of the Stahl House…”Posted in: Architecture
I am seriously, falling head over heels in love with Palm Springs and anything and everything is an excuse for me to drop whatever I am doing, get into my car, and make the 1.5 hour drive east to this desert oasis. Two weekends ago, Los Angeles Home Staging + Design Company, Modern Mecca had the opportunity to participate in an event celebrating the 84th birthday of renowned modernist architect, Donald Wexler.Posted in: Blog > Design
Great list of books about mid-century modern posted by our friend Claudia at ModernMecca.Posted in: Uncategorized
The interview can be found here: SELLING LIFESTYLEPosted in: Uncategorized
Discussion on the listing / house can be found at Curbed LA.Posted in: Conservation > News
I have to admit is has been quite difficult to blog while managing VISUAL ACOUSTICS and working on my new projects. Can you help me? If you have something you want to blog about pertaining to Julius, Modernist architecture and/or design or anything else you think is related, could you send that to moc.mlifnamluhssuilujnull@ofni? We would prefer to have a photo sent as well along with a photo credit if possible.
Thanks for your help.
EricPosted in: Blog
“Visual Acoustics,” a documentary that opens in New York on Oct. 9, and later in Los Angeles and other cities, traces Mr. Shulman’s career and the rise of the Modernist movement to which he’s indelibly linked. Filmed by a first-time director, Eric Bricker, and narrated by Dustin Hoffman…Posted in: News
Thanks to The Getty for a class act tribute. Read more about it by LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne: Culture Monster (LA Times Blog)Posted in: Julius
So I have been thinking a lot these past few days about Julius, architecture and film. The common thread running through all is how each fosters a sense of community. I can see the same happening with VISUAL ACOUSTICS and it is really amazing.
The intent of the film was to introduce more people in the world to Julius and by doing so turn more people on to architecture and design. Ultimately, what architecture and design represents to me is the human ability to come together in a functional way and create something extraordinary (no matter the scale) that serves our needs.
I am hoping that VISUAL ACOUSTICS can serve as a CELEBRATION not only of one man’s extraordinary life /way of living but in addition, the brighter side of humanity.
I invite you to post photos, quotes, home videos of Julius, architects, designers, thinkers or whomever has inspired you to help celebrate life, work and art that will leave a positive, indelible mark on others.
Videos and photos can be uploaded on our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/group.php?gid=24111964516
We are pleased to announce that Arthouse Films is releasing VISUAL ACOUSTICS theatrically beginning October 9th at Cinema Village in New York and October 16th at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles. There are a number of other cities to follow along with preview screenings and festival dates. Updated information can be found on our screenings page.Posted in: News
Here is a link to a really thoughtful obituary done on Julius by his good friend Ron Fields.
“I had the good fortune of forging a most special friendship with Julius Shulman, the legendary architectural photographer and iconic chronicler of the rise of Los Angeles’ modern era, who died July 15 at the age of 98. I believe one of the central elements of our connection was….”Posted in: Julius
“What good is a dream house if you haven’t got a dream?” -Julius Shulman
He truly lived an amazing life; maybe even the equivalent to three lives in his almost 99 years. He was a mentor, an inspiration, a surrogate grandfather and a friend. Wherever it is we go after this world, I know that Julius is there swimming in the streams, hiking the trails and exploring the woods. He will be there to greet those who look for him in the next life, eager to show what he has found.Posted in: Julius
From the TAKE SUNSET Blog.
“The Chemosphere is a very fitting start to the “Best Of L.A.” series since for many people any conversation about the most interesting houses in L.A. must begin with the iconic Chemosphere house. Built in 1960 and designed by architect John Lautner, this eight-sided house in the Hollywood Hills was once named “the most modern home built in the world” by the Encyclopedia Brittanica.”Posted in: Architecture
This is an interview with director Eric Bricker by Alissa Walker for Dwell on Design. VISUAL ACOUSTICS is featured as part of Dwell on Design’s Night at the Movies in Los Angeles as a preview screening.Posted in: News > Screenings
Photographer Captures L.A.’s Vintage Homes by Susan Stamberg
“Magazines, newspapers, even family scrapbooks are full of photographs of houses — graphic examples of the American dream. But pictures by the 98-year-old architectural photographer Julius Shulman are in a league of their own, so distinctive that they are consulted by movie designers, collected by museums and cherished by homeowners who commission them.”Posted in: Julius
Julius is one of the eleven featured photographers in L8S ANG3LES: PERSPECTIVES OF ELEVEN LA PHOTOGRAPHERS, the inaugural exhibition at The Annenberg Space for Photography. The doors will open on March 27, 2009. In addition, Julius and Juergen recently photographed both the interior and exterior of the space.Posted in: Photography
Snakebit is a 60-minute documentary film for PBS on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio that he co-founded deep in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. Mockbee was a celebrated architect, artist, builder, and educator who instilled his passion and philosophy in those he believed will become a new generation of citizen architects. Snakebit is a rich, probing film that shows how a group of young architects— empowered by Mockbee’s belief in making the world a better place—use their ingenuity and compassion to provide housing for people that their profession all too often overlooks. The film features interviews with a spectrum of architects, artists and educators including Mockbee, Peter Eisenman, Cameron Sinclair, Richard Meier, Michael Rotondi, Coleman Coker, Hank Louis, Lori Ryker, Chip Lord, William Christenberry and many more.Posted in: Uncategorized
If you would like to visit the Case Study House #22, you can. Below is a link to the website which gives you tour dates / arrangements. In my opinion, this is one of the most spectacular sites in Los Angeles and perhaps the world.Posted in: Architecture > Conservation
VISUAL ACOUSTICS has won the audience award for best documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival! Thank you to everyone who attended and cast a vote.Posted in: Accolades > Festivals > News
The tickets for the premiere night are sold out. There is a second screening on Wed., June 25th at the Hammer Museum which is about two-thirds sold; it would be great if that screening were sold out as well. Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets and is planning on attending either of the screenings.Posted in: Screenings
One of Neutra’s most famous and important works is his own family’s former home, the VDL Research House. (It was called VDL after the Dutch philanthropist Dr C. H. Van Der Leeuw, who provided Neutra with the loan for the project.) Modern in design, VDL came to be known as a “glass” house” because of its many floor-to-ceiling windows. It was built to accommodate three families on a small 60×70 foot lot that included patios and gardens, as well as energy-saving innovations such as large overhangs and a rooftop reflecting pool that helped to keep the structure cool. Neutra proved that modern urban design could be at once beautiful, affordable, and environmentally-friendly.
VDL also housed Neutra’s office, where he designed hundreds of other projects over a thirty-year period. In addition to Shulman, many others began their professional careers with Neutra, including the architects Gregory Ain, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Donald Wexler, and Raphael Soriano.
In 1990, Neutra’s wife Dione gave a $100,000 endowment and the VDL Research House to the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design. Through the College, public and educational tours of the site have been made possible. However, VDL faces an immediate threat. Insurance and maintenance for the complex have proven costly, and VDL is long overdue for repairs, including a leaking roof that has caused water damage, and the uneven settlement of the house’s foundation. If the College is unable to raise $30,000 by October 1, 2008, the building could be closed and possibly sold to a private party, thereby resulting in the permanent loss of educational and public access. In addition to the $30,000, the College also hopes to raise another $2 million to cover current and future repairs and expenses.
For more information, and to learn how you can help, visit http://www.neutra-vdl.org/Posted in: Architecture > Conservation
Photo from Curbed LA
Kaufmann House sale has been cancelled.
Read more about it at Curbed LA:
Posted in: Architecture
Many are not aware of the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University. Below is information about the institute provided to us by Woodbury University.
“The Institute focuses on Julius Shulman’s enduring involvement in the principles of modernism, which include efficiency, environmental sensitivity, social responsibility, and human meaning in all aspects of design, especially in the following areas:
1) The history, theory, and practice of contemporary architecture and design
2) The association of architecture, its designs and applications to the lifestyles of our society.
3) The application of photography as the basic instrument in the presentation of architecture to the public in journals, books, exhibits, and lectures.
The Julius Shulman Institute serves as an educational provider.
The Institute offers lectures, seminars, tours, and special workshops for elementary, middle, and high schools in the area, as well as at community organizations. It provides similar services for architects, college students, and others who are involved with architecture in their daily lives.
Through the Institute we have put together 17 slide show lectures with the help of Julius which are shown to mainly high school students throughout California. The slide shows fall under the title of “The Power of Photography” even thought they deal with a wide range of topics from everything from communication, transportation, steps and stairways of the world to the basics of photography.
The institute also sponsors lectures on the Woodbury campus as well as recognizing an outstanding architect each year who is then recognized as a Julius Shulman Fellow.”Posted in: Uncategorized
Photo by Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai
The Kaufmann House sold for $16.84 million. Read more about it here:
Posted in: Architecture
This is an artnet article on the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs which is offered by Christie’s in their May 13th, 2008 auction of modern and contemporary art. Beth Harris, the current owner, discusses the restoration in our film along with architects Leo Marmol and Chris Shanley. The house truly is a masterpiece.
Posted in: Architecture
…to our website! We just went live. Please take a look around. The site is still under construction so pardon our pixel dust.Posted in: Blog
True Hollywood Story is the title of one of the best layouts I have ever seen about Julius. The story appeared in the October 2007 edition of Dwell magazine. Below is a link:
Story by Marc Kristal / Photos by Catherine Ledner and Julius ShulmanPosted in: Julius
I have just been notified that Visual Acoustics has been invited to the Los Angeles Film Festival as its World Premiere! There will be two screenings of the film of which I am still awaiting final confirmation of the dates and times. As soon as I get more info I will post it on the screenings page. As Julius stated: “It would be a crime for it to premiere anyplace other than Los Angeles.”
Thank you to everyone for your support over the last few weeks/months/years; looking forward to celebrating in Los Angeles.Posted in: Blog > Festivals
I just recently moved to Austin from Los Angeles. During my city-move selection process, one of the requirements from my list of city attributes was that it had to be progressive in it’s thinking, which I think is most evident in a city’s architecture. Austin passes this requirement with an A++ rating.
Yesterday (Sunday) my family and I attended an open house at the Dragonfly House located on the eastside of Austin. This event was part of Austin’s “First Annual Eco Home Tour” which is tied into a citywide celebration of Earth Day.
First a pleasant surprise: the listing agent of the house, Roland Galang, and I happened to have graduated from the same high school. I haven’t seen him in twenty years. Wild. He happens to work for a really outstanding real estate firm here in Austin:
I also happened to meet an architect, Chris Krager, and his wife Amy. Chris’s firm, KRDB, located here in Austin, has launched an incredible line of AFFORDABLE, modular houses. He told me that the core inspiration of this line which is called ma (standing for modern+affordable) came from the initial intent of the Case Study House Program. Of course, he was also influenced by none other than Julius. In addition, his wife Amy is a filmmaker so we all had a lot to talk about. Below are his words along with a link to his website. Great stuff:
I was very inspired by the CSH program and the work of the architects (particularly Schindler & Neutra) of LA from the 30’s thru the 60’s. The notion that good, modern design should be broadly accessible was a strong undercurrent in this work (in CSH it WAS the underlying principle, although it fell short in reality). The work 1) had a social conscience 2) was innovative and progressive in terms of materials and methods and 3)was happening at a scale and scope that was, and is, unprecedented. You get the sense that the spirit of modernism was pervasive in this period. It was present everywhere, from architecture, to graphic design, cinema, photography, etc. What an amazing time to be in that place.Posted in: Architecture > Blog
Hello everyone and welcome to my “Visual Acoustics” blog. After researching the film from January 2002 through December 2003, shooting the film from February 2004 through May 2006, editing the film from October 2005 through October 2007, and on-lining the film from October 2007 through March of 2008, I can finally announce THE FILM IS FINISHED!Posted in: Blog