16 December 2009

Passings: Larry Sultan ( 1946~2009)

Sharon Wild, 2001. From the series The Valley. © Larry Sultan.

Photographer Larry Sultan has died. You can find the obituary from The New York Times here. I do not know much about Sultan beyond a vague awareness of his series The Valley which consists of color photographs taken on the sets of porn films in the San Fernando Valley.

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Blogger e.e.nixon said...

Here are two recent entries from the American Suburb X blog that might add to your knowledge:

Concerning his series called "Pictures from Home"

http://www.americansuburbx.com/2009/03/theory-reconstructing-family-larry.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Americansuburb+%28AMERICANSUBURBX%29

or http://tinyurl.com/y8s2esy

and a small collection of very recent photos called "Homeland" which, for reasons I haven't quite parsed yet, I find both revelatory and very moving:

http://www.americansuburbx.com/2009/12/larry-sultan-homeland-2007-2009.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Americansuburb+%28AMERICANSUBURBX%29

or http://tinyurl.com/yavojp4

I suppose part of it is the fact of his death, but there is something, to my eye, very concentrated and settled in these pictures. They lack a lot of the... manner that can crop up, particularly in the suburban portraiture and definitely in the commercial work.

A Google search takes one to a dealer/gallery site where you can look at a large (and very small format) collection of both his commercial and personal work.

http://billcharles.com/catalog/larry_sultan/1/

For me, he is part of the complicated mix of things that goes to make up the myth of California that I (as an outsider) carry with me.

16 December, 2009 20:02  
Blogger Stan B. said...

In addition to his original and highly reflective photography, Evidence by Sultan and Mandel was a compilation that along with the portraits from The Killing Fields "proved" that artists were not always necessary for the production of photographic art.

17 December, 2009 17:02  

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