Larry Sultan’s “The Valley”


Contemporary Photographers

Larry Sultan’s The Valley (check out the photographer’s statement (pdf)) is currently on display at SFMOMA.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this especially when I read descriptions like this one: “The Valley is by no means a documentary on porn filmmaking. Rather, it is a dense series of pictures of middle-class homes invaded by the porn industry. Sultan’s lens focuses on pedestrian details […] that offer clues to a bizarre other-world.” Note the phrasing here: Homes are being “invaded” instead of rented out, and it’s a “bizarre other-world”. In a sense, it is somewhat of a bizarre world. On the other hand, billions of dollars are being made every year with pornography and a lot of that money is coming from the very same people who live in those middle-class homes.
(thanks, E!)