‘My Mother Posing for Me’, 1984; Larry Sultan’s parents were the subject of his ‘Pictures from Home’ series, first published in 1992. Sultan was moved to begin the project after his father, Irving, was forced into early retirement from his career with the Schick Safety Razor Company
Larry Sultan: The king of colour photography
Uncanny and tender, Larry Sultan’s work captures suburban West Coast America – from the green lawns of Palm Springs to San Fernando Valley’s porn-film industry
By Michael Collins
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Photography tends to deliver an exaggerated account, revealing the familiar with an unfamiliar and unsettling degree of detail – like the experience of listening to a recording of your own voice. When the late American photographer Larry Sultan made a series of pictures of his parents in their home, he was presented not only with the distortions made through the camera lens, but by his lens onto their life, too.