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  • Larry Sultan

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

    The San Fernando Valley, the collection of middle- and upper-middle-class neighborhoods and industrial parks that sprawls along the arid flatlands behind the Hollywood sign, is notorious as an ur-suburb, the location of the Brady Bunch split-level manse and other faux sitcom residences. Yet despite this wholesome association, it has evolved into the capital of porn-video production. In Larry Sultan’s series “The Valley,” 1998–2003, most of which was shot on adult-film locations, the area’s social complexity emerges with remarkable economy. As a group, the fifty-three large-scale chromogenic

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