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Early in his career, Sultan collaborated with a friend from art school, Mike Mandel, on billboards and other conceptual artworks.
Sultan and Mandel combed through thousands of industrial and government photos--including this shot of a flaming car--to create important conceptual work emphasizing context.
In the series called "Swimmers,” the photographer shot underwater at public pools around San Francisco.
Sultan became fascinated with how adult-film production blossomed in the San Fernando Valley.
An adult-film actress is shown between takes. In the photo series called "The Valley," the suburban backdrop is as much a focal point as the performers are.
In “Pictures from Home,” Sultan documented his retiree parents’ lives in the San Fernando Valley.
When you hear “California photographer,” what comes to mind? Outdoorsman Ansel Adams? Curbside paparazzi? We think of a guy who snapped shots of more ordinary Golden State images, including suburbs, swimming pools, seniors and swingers. He’s Larry Sultan, arguably our state’s most influential photographer--and he’s currently the subject of a huge retrospective at LACMA.
Larry Sultan: Here and Home is a must-see show, as much for its formal beauty (huge blown-up photographs in brilliant, sun-lit oranges, blues and golds) as for its edgy content (like a NSFW series called “The Valley,” which was shot at adult film sets).
Here, some show highlights.
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