Reframing the Old Neighborhood
Internationally recognized, exhibited and collected photographer, Larry Sultan, is inspired by the place where he was born and raised, California. He has been the recipient of countless awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and five NEA grants. His pictures are included in collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Tate Modern. His 2004 exhibition, The Valley, offered a window into a hidden but pervasive industry in California, that of the pornographic films. In Larry Sultan: The Valley, we see the interiors of homes, brief glimpses in rehearsal and break and quiet moments with porn stars in the San Fernando Valley. These homes and streets were the backyards and alleyways of Sultan’s childhood and as he worked on this project, he inevitably explored his relationship to home, to public and private lives, to memory and recollection, and to himself, sexually and otherwise.