Larry Sultan

American (Brooklyn, New York, 1946 - 2009, Greenbrae, California)

Practicing Golf Swing

photograph | chromogenic print
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  • Practicing Golf Swing

    Larry Sultan, Practicing Golf Swing, 1989; chromogenic print, 17 1/2 in. x 21 7/16 in. (44.45 cm x 54.45 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase through a gift of Amy McCombs and Fred Currier; © Estate of Larry Sultan

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.  

17 1/2 in. x 21 7/16 in. (44.45 cm x 54.45 cm)
Acquired 1993
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase through a gift of Amy McCombs and Fred Currier
© Estate of Larry Sultan


curtains, interiors, living rooms, men, televisions, golf, games, practice

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