Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Larry Sultan- Katherine Avenue

Anyone who has followed photography the past several years is no doubt familiar with Larry Sultan's domestic essay featuring his parents, not to mention his background porn scenarios. Those, along with more recent, lesser known landscapes featuring immigrant workers are all featured in Katherine Avenue. I myself have seen the first two essays many times, via several venues- but never fully appreciated them until I saw them in this book. The color reproductions are nothing short of spectacular- a sensual, tactile reaction I thought possible only with original prints. These ordinary, seemingly everyday "snapshots" of mom and dad are nothing short of exquisite works of wonder worthy of the Renaissance. I had no idea a camera, or book, could do that...

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