What piece or pieces of this person’s work do you keep coming back to and why?
The body of work I keep coming back to is called ‘Pictures from home‘. It’s a work of narrative photography – in which Larry returned to his family home over the course of a decade between the 80’s and 90’s — that explores fragments of conversations, original photography and film stills from home movies set with his own writings. His rumination and exploration of his family home is iconic, and archetypal. He brings a critical but loving lens to his own family. There is such a fantastic pictorial archaeology that highlights so much of the strange and delightful artifacts of his family home in the San Fernando valley. The written text is deeply vulnerable, smart, and brutally honest. It’s a beautiful piece of narrative photography that’s difficult to pin down to any one thing and assembles together like a narrative collage – much like the liminal space he would always speak to.
Pictures From Home, Larry Sultan