Larry Sultan

Pictures from Home - re-edit 2017 - TO PRE-ORDR, PUBLISHER'S DELIVERY IN APRIL! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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"What drives me to continue this work is difficult to name. It has more to do with love than with sociology. With being a subject in the drama rather than a witness. And in the odd and jumbled process of working, everything shifts: the boundaries blur, my distance slips, the arrogance and illusion of immunity falters. I wake up in the middle of the night, stunned and anguished. These are my parents. From that simple fact, everything follows." ( Larry Sultan)

"First published in 1992 to wide critical acclaim, 'Pictures From Home' is Larry Sultan’s pendant to his parents. Sultan returned home to Southern California periodically in the 1980s and the decade-long sequence moves between registers, combining contemporary photographs with film stills from home movies, fragments of conversation, Sultan’s own writings and other memorabilia. The result is a narrative collage in which the boundary between the documentary and the staged becomes increasingly ambiguous. Simultaneously the distance usually maintained between the photographer and his subjects also slips in an exchange of dialogue and emotion that is unique to this work.

Significantly increasing the page count of the original book, this MACK design of 'Pictures From Home' clarifies the multiplicity of voices – both textual and pictorial – in order to afford a fresh perspective of this seminal body of work. Emphasising the cinematic motion of the family’s home videos, the Super-8 film stills have been newly digitised and magnified, with select scenes running full-bleed across double-page spreads.
Meanwhile, Sultan’s photographs of his parents as they go about their daily lives – against the quintessential backdrop of the Reagan-era American dream – are supplemented with previously unpublished images. Most significantly, the book honours Sultan as the oft-hailed ‘King of Colour Photography’.

About the photographer (*1946 in Brooklyn - 2009):
Larry Sultan grew up in California’s San Fernando Valley, which became a source of inspiration for a number of his projects. His work blends documentary and staged photography to create images of the psychological as well as physical landscape of suburban family life. Sultan’s work has been exhibited and published widely.
Most recently, the Los Angeles County Museum presented a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Sultan.
His photography is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Sultan served as a Distinguished Professor of Photography at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


Reviews:
"This is one of the most significant American photobooks of the 1990s" (Martin Parr + Gerry Badger, The Photobook. A History, Vol. II)

"In the wake of his passing I reread 'Pictures From Home'. Unbelievable. Has there ever been a photographer who writes better than Sultan? I’m certain that nobody has done a better job combining text and pictures. In this regard, 'Pictures From Home' is the absolute zenith. Plainspoken, smart and brutally honest, it is a masterpiece of narrative photography.” (Alec Soth)

"Was mich dazu zwingt, diese Arbeit fortzusetzen, ist schwer zu nennen, es hat mehr mit der Liebe zu tun als mit der Soziologie, mit einem Subjekt im Drama und nicht mit einem Zeugnis, und in dem seltsamen und durcheinander gebrachten Arbeitsprozeß verschiebt sich alles: Grenzen verschwimmen, meine Distanz rutscht, die Arroganz und die Illusion der Immunität fällt, ich wache mitten in der Nacht auf, betäubt und gequält, das sind meine Eltern, aus dieser einfachen Tatsache folgt alles." (Larry Sultan)

"Sultan kehrte in den 1980er-Jahren regelmäßig nach Südkalifornien zurück, und die jahrzehntelange Sequenz bewegt sich zwischen Registern und kombiniert zeitgenössische Fotografien mit Filmstills aus Heimkino, Fragmente der Konversation, Sultans eigene Schriften und andere Erinnerungsstücke, das Ergebnis ist eine Erzähl-Collage, in der die Grenze zwischen Dokumentarfilm und der Inszenierung immer mehr verschwimmt. Gleichzeitig mit dem schwindenden Abstand zwischen dem Fotografen und dem Objekt seiner Arbeit rutscht er in einen Austausch von Dialog und Emotion, die für diese Arbeit einzigartig sind.

Die neue Gestaltung von 'Pictures From Home' verdeutlicht die Vielfalt der Stimmen - sowohl textuell als auch bildhaft -, um eine neue Perspektive dieser Arbeit aufzuwerfen. Bei der Betonung der filmischen Bewegung der Heimvideos der Familie wurden die Super-8-Filmstills neu digitalisiert und vergrößert, wobei ausgewählte Szenen über doppelseitige Spreads laufen.

Mittlerweile werden die Sultan-Fotografien seiner Eltern, wie sie über ihrem Alltag nachgehen - gegen die Quintessenz des 'American Dream' der Reagan-Ära - um bisher unveröffentlichte Bildern ergänzt. Am bedeutendsten ehrt das Buch Larry Sultan als den oft bejubelten 'König der Farbfotografie'." (publisher's note)

Weitere Titel von/über Larry Sultan:
'How to Read Music in One Evening' (self published in 1974, together with Mike Mandel)
'Evidence' (self published in 1977, together with Mike Mandel)
'Headlands. The Marin Coast at The Golden Gate' (Univ. of New Mexico, 1989 together with Miles DeCoster, Mark Klett, Mike Mandel and Paul Metcalf)
'Picture from Home' (Abrams, 1992)
'Evidence. 2nd ed.' (D.A.P., 2004)
'The Valley' (Scalo, 2004)
'Katherine Avenue' (Steidl, 2010)
'Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel' (Koenig, 2012)
'Here and Home' (Prestel, 2014)
'Larry Sultan' (Kerber, 2015)
''Eveidence, 3rd ed.' (D.A.P., 2017)