Larry SultanAmerican (Brooklyn, New York, 1946 - 2009, Greenbrae, California)
Practicing Golf Swing
Larry Sultan lived and worked in the Bay Area, but he was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and the suburban setting of his childhood surroundings retained a fascination for him. The decade-long project Pictures from Home took his own family as its subject. Sultan initially intended to focus on the effect on family relations when corporations slough off their no-longer-young executives, as happened to his father, Irving, shown here practicing his golf swing in the family den. In the end, however, the series, published as a book in 1992, explored photography's role in creating a familial mythology. It included old family snapshots, stills from home movies, and his parents' commentary on his version of their shared history.