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Portrait of My Father with Newspaper

1988 Larry Sultan Born: New York, New York 1946 Died: Greenbrae, California 2009 chromogenic print image: 28 5/8 x 34 5/8 in. (72.7 x 87.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy © 1988, Larry Sultan 1989.58 Not currently on view

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In Portrait of My Father with Newspaper, Irving Sultan reads the Los Angeles Times as light pours in behind him. This carefully composed portrait reveals the artist’s father almost entirely through reflections and shadows. Thin newsprint shields his body from the camera, while only a vague profile of his face is discernible on the right half of the spread.
Prompted by the discovery of a box of home movies, Larry Sultan embarked on an eight-year enquiry into his parents’ lives. He stayed in their home for weeks at a time, interviewing them about their marriage and photographing their domestic activities.

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013


Object - written matter - newspaper

Portrait male - Sultan, Mr.

Recreation - leisure - reading

photography - photoprint