In 1977 photographers Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel sifted through thousands of photographs in the files of the Bechtel Corporation, the Beverly Hills Police Department, the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Stanford Research Institute and a hundred other corporations, American government agencies, and educational, medical and technical instiIn 1977 photographers Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel sifted through thousands of photographs in the files of the Bechtel Corporation, the Beverly Hills Police Department, the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Stanford Research Institute and a hundred other corporations, American government agencies, and educational, medical and technical institutions. They were looking for photographs that were made and used as transparent documents and purely objective instruments--as evidence, in short. Selecting 50 of the best, they printed these images with the care you would expect to find in a high-quality art photography book, publishing them in a simple, limited-edition volume titled Evidence. The concept for the book was clear: select photographs intended to be used as objective evidence and show that it is never that simple. Now an undisputed classic in the photo world, considered a seminal harbinger of conceptual photography, Evidence is nearly impossible to find. This new edition is being published in recognition of the project's continued relevance, and will contain a facsimile copy of the original book plus a newly commissioned scholarly essay by Sandra Phillips of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, this edition will include a new spread of images and a group of black-and-white illustrations selected by the artists from an archive of photographs that were not included in the original book....
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Interesting conceptual photography book. I didn't know anything about Sultan and Mandel going into this, or conceptual photography in general, so the postscript was informative. There are no comments on the "evidence," only a long alphabetical list of the institutions, companies and agencies. where Sultan and Mandel were granted access to tons of photographs hidden away in archives. I can't imagine how many they went through before they selected these images.
This is the book. I'm in awe of it. It excites and terrifies me in equal parts. Full of found images from archives of science labs, police departments, and hospitals, this book contains some of the edgiest, most exciting pictures I've ever seen. They were all taken solely for evidentiary purposes, and it's the best fine art photography book there is. It puts every photographer to shame. I will spend the rest of my life trying to make a body of work with half as much excitement and wonder.
Does each photo must have a caption to limit it's meaning?The obscurity or even absurdity generated by the lack of context. All the images are devoid of aesthetic choices, since photography was used as a tool rather than an art practice.
This is my favorite of all of Sultan's work. From concept to execution, this book is a revelation in photography.