Portrait of My Father with Newspaper

  • Larry Sultan, Portrait of My Father with Newspaper, 1988, chromogenic print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1988, Larry Sultan, Gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy, 1989.58

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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
Portrait of My Father with Newspaper
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image: 28 5/8 x 34 5/8 in. (72.7 x 87.9 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy

Mediums Description
chromogenic print
  • Object – written matter – newspaper
  • Portrait male – Sultan, Mr.
  • Recreation – leisure – reading
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