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Larry Sultan

American, 1946–2009

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Larry Sultan

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American, 1946–2009

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Conceptual photographer Larry Sultan is widely known for his “Evidence” series (2004), completed in collaboration with Mike Mandel: a collection of repurposed documentary images from the image banks of government institutions, scientific research facilities, and police departments. Reinterpreted for the purposes of institutional critique, Sultan selected surreal and disturbing images of private industrial spaces and inscrutable experiments and scientific procedures. Uncaptioned and void of any accompanying commentary, Sultan intended the simple action of decontextualizing these images to foreground the role of the photographer in shaping and potentially manipulating of the truth. Deeply influenced by West Coast Conceptualism, Sultan spent his entire career exploring the boundaries of different photographic genres, often deliberately obscuring the line between the documentary and the fictional.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Biography

Conceptual photographer Larry Sultan is widely known for his “Evidence” series (2004), completed in collaboration with Mike Mandel: a collection of repurposed documentary images from the image banks of government institutions, scientific research facilities, and police departments. Reinterpreted for the purposes of institutional critique, Sultan selected surreal and disturbing images of private industrial spaces and inscrutable experiments and scientific procedures. Uncaptioned and void of any accompanying commentary, Sultan intended the simple action of decontextualizing these images to foreground the role of the photographer in shaping and potentially manipulating of the truth. Deeply influenced by West Coast Conceptualism, Sultan spent his entire career exploring the boundaries of different photographic genres, often deliberately obscuring the line between the documentary and the fictional.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Larry Sultan
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May 3rd, 2016
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