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Larry Sultan's Family Album.

Photographer Larry Sultan. In a photography exhibit now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Sultan is represented by work from a project he began in 1983 about his family's history. A key feature of the work, and a feature that appears in all of Sultan's work, is capturing subjects at "off" moments, situations where they least expect, or wish, themselves to be photographed. The project, which will eventually be a book titled "Pictures from Home," is Sultan's study of his parents pursuit of the American dream in California, and of Sultan's own childhood in the postwar, baby boom generation. The exhibit mixes recent photos of his parents with snapshots taken in the `50s and early `60s. In combining recent and old photos, Sultan's new, fictionalized account of his and his parent's life becomes part of his reassessment of his family history.

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Other segments from the episode on July 12, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 12, 1989: Interview with Michael Kaufman; Interview with Larry Sultan; Commentary on chaos.

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