Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel
Photographs: Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel
Text: Robert F. Forth
Publisher: Clatworthy Colorvues
Comments: Hardcover. Fine dark blue cloth, with title stamped in gilt, no dust jacket as issued, Original edition, 1977. Duotone plates. Text in English. Includes a list of government agencies, educational institutions and corporations that permitted access to their files. Included in Martin Parr & Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History, vol.II.p.220-221, in The Hasselblad Center's The Open Book p. 314-315, and in The Book of 101 Books p.140-141. Copy in very good condition.
Accompanied by an exhibition in the same year at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this project was the culmination of a three-year search through the files and archives of over one hundred American government agencies, educational institutions, and corporations, such as the Bechtel Corporation, General Atomic Company, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the San Jose Police Department and the United States Department of the Interior.
The original pictures Sultan and Mandel collected were made as documents and objective records of activities and situations: the scenes of crimes, aeronautical engineering tests, industrial experiments, among other subjects. Sifting through some two million images, Mandel and Sultan assembled a careful sequence of 59 pictures.
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