HARDCOVER, 8 X 10.25 IN. / 128 PGS / 69 COLOR / 16 BW. BERLIN, 2015
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Text by Lewis Baltz, Stephan Berg, Joshua Chang, Peter Geimer, Martin Germann, Stefan Gronert, Alessandra Nappo, Christoph Ribbat, Christoph Schaden, Larry Sultan.
The work of Californian photographer Larry Sultan (1946-2009) has become known as one of the central oeuvres of post-conceptual photography. Since 1972, he and Los Angeles-based photographer Mike Mandel have collaborated on numerous projects, including the controversial photo-essay Evidence. This series consists of revealing images plucked from government and corporate archives, such as police and fire departments, aerospace and engineering firms. Later on, in 2004, Sultan published his provocative series The Valley, an exposé of the adult film industry, in which the artist focused on the suburban neighborhoods and middle-class family homes that serve as pornographic sets. Including images from these series and more, this publication gives a comprehensive overview of Sultan's career as a conceptual photographer.