These posters were designed as movie posters for the documentary film Visual Acoustics, The Modernism of Julius Shulman. The film was based on the work of Julius Shulman—a famous architectural photographer who documented many great architect’s buildings during the period of modernism. He continued to photograph right up until passing away in 2010, and his photography is seen as truly iconic in the age of modernism, often capturing the very essence of the building being photographed.
The evolution of this project went through many different stages, each appropriate to the movie poster for various reasons. And they are all showed here. Some of the stages include looking at architectural blueprints as inspiration, others look to famous minimalist and geometric painters for inspiration, such as Mondrian and Malevich. The color and constructivism displayed mirrors Shulman’s dedication to depicting his reality through photography. In many of the explorations I created Mondrian or Malevich type paintings from various photographs taken by Shulman, using the photograph as a base and then constructing colored blocks on top of it. The final stage of exploration looked at photography itself and how one image can mean so many different things at once.