San Francisco

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel

University Art Museum, Berkeley

The focus of Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel’s exhibition here was the installation of electronic news and Wire-photo machines from Associated Press and United Press International, which spewed out approximately two hundred photographs and a thousand news stories a day during the month of the show. Functioning as editors, Sultan and Mandel planned to use these photographs and news-story galleys to create a series of wall installations, changing semiweekly, to “uncover hidden biases in the media.”

Descending into the concrete, bunker-styled gallery, viewers encountered a facsimile newsroom replete with clock, desks, and wire machines. On the walls were a selection of front pages, a montage of one day’s 8-by-10-inch photographs from the wire, a series of blown-up portraits of world leaders, a mural-size picture of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, and a graph of the subject matter of the wire services’

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