Dear Mr. Shulman,
Hi, my name is Emily and I like the pictures you took when you were alive. My favorite is the famous one- Case Study House #22- but I like a lot of others as well, especially the Prarie Chicken.
I saw a documentary on you, your career and how important you were. It was really interesting, but I wasn’t surprised afterwards that you were dead since you looked so old in the movie. I like how you explain your architecture pictures.
Especially, I like how you took pictures to make sure other people’s art wasn’t lost. Your camera wasn’t for yourself, it wasn’t a unique view of a leaf or a child, which would be something you could take full credit for. You were framing what was there, which is what photography is about anyway. People forget that. I think you should get even more credit than leaf-and-child photographers, because of selflessness.
I do have to disagree with you about one thing. Postmodern architecture isn’t too weird. I actually like it better than modernism, because there’s a bigger variety of shapes; it’s not all long rectangles upon long rectangles, with some shallow curves that really look like they’re secretly straight lines. But I understand why you wouldn’t like it. Postmodern architecture is a step too complicated for your idea of beauty.
I wonder when I will decide that contemporary art is wrong.
The documentary was sad because you were old. Modernism’s first name was the “New Movement.” I think there will always be something special about how you treated buildings in your photography, but I’m sorry to tell you that they’re not very new anymore. How come exciting people like you have to get old? Art moves further forward always that way, since new people always push, but how can we know it’s going in the right direction if those we grew up respecting tell us it’s all wrong? They could be right, or not. They’ll say the same thing.
Sometimes history helps a bit, putting who we are into perspective. But the thing about being a person, is that nobody can tell you exactly where your path goes. Generations are blind to anything but the past. It makes me sad that you don’t like the art of my parents’ generation, because mine is based off theirs. It makes me sad because I like you. I bet Zaha Hadid does too, since her lines are like yours. But you can never like us. Newton would have probably hated Einstein. That’s really sad, since they were both so good at physics.
That’s all I really had to say. I hope there are lots of long rectangular buildings for you in Heaven. Maybe it’s fully in the fourth dimmension and all of the art movements are there at once and everyone is happy.