Pictures from Home. Photographs and text by Larry Sultan. Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1992. 127 pp. Quarto. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 110 illustrations, including 90 plates in full color.
When I was working on Pictures from Home, my parents’ voices – their stories as well as their arguments with my version of our shared history – were crucial to the book. They called into question the documentary truth the pictures seemed to carry. I wanted to subvert the sentimental home movies and snapshots with my more contentious images of suburban daily life, but at the same time I wished to subvert my images with my parents’ insights into my point of view.--Larry Sultan, from an interview with Sheryl Conkelton in Flintridge Foundation Awards for Visual Arts 1999/2000.
"Pictures from Home was a decade-long project Larry Sultan initiated when his father, Irving, was forced into early retirement from his career as vice president of the Schick Safety Razor Company. As initially conceived, the project was to be about "what happens when – as I interpreted my father’s fate – corporations discard their no-longer-young employees, and how the resulting frustrations and feelings of powerlessness find their way into family relations," explains Sultan. While Irving continued to be Sultan’s favored subject, the project evolved to include video stills from his family’s home movies and the on-going commentary on Sultan’s project by both of his parents. Interestingly, working in the San Fernando Valley suburbia where he grew up led Sultan to his next project, The Valley, an investigation of suburban houses used as pornographic film sets.--Kendra Greene, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
Trace of discoloration at edges, else Fine+ in jacket with just a few nicks at 'tips', Fine-.