Thursday, October 22, 2009

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel

Photograph from Evidence by Sultan and Mandel
image from Evidence by Mandel and Sultan

"Evidence" is a book of photographs that was first published in 1977 and was finally (after being out-of-print for years) reissued in 2004. Photographers Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan went through scores of government, university, and corporate files to select a wide-ranging set of memorable images for the book. No captions, no explanations. This intentional lack of context, combined with the Weegee-like black and white stills, allows for a retrospective gaze at mid-twentieth century American hubris.

Update: Larry Sultan's recent death (an obituary by Randy Kennedy is here) is a loss for his family, students, and admirers.
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