Copied Larry Sultan, Portrait of My Father with Newspaper, 1988, 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, 1989.58, © 1988, Larry Sultan
- Portrait of My Father with Newspaper
- Not on view
- image: 28 5⁄8 x 34 5⁄8 in. (72.7 x 87.9 cm.)
- © 1988, Larry Sultan
- Credit Line
- Gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy
- Mediums Description
- chromogenic print
- Portrait male — Sultan, Mr.
- Recreation — leisure — reading
- Object Number
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