Photograph from Evidence by Sultan and Mandel
Strangely few others seemed affected. The talk had gotten zero publicity. Most of the audience was composed of photo students dragged there on assignment. He'd given a similar lecture in Portland the night before but I don't think it stirred much interest there either.
Ironic, isn't it? In an era when flavor-of-the-week celebrity chumps are paraded on magazine covers around the globe, someone like Larry Sultan flew under the radar even within his own field. That's art photography in a nutshell. Not much glory.
So there I was after the talk with my freshly signed copy of Evidence and my head spinning, but I had no one to compare notes with. Larry who? asked most of my photographer friends. Oh, him? The porn guy? Is he still making photos?
No. Sadly, no he isn't.