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Larry Sultan, photographer and educator, died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. Sultan’s work often included still from his parents’ home movies.

From his NYTimes obituary:

For more than a decade beginning in the early 1980s, Mr. Sultan, who became a professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, worked on a project about his mother and his father, who had been forced into early retirement. Using stills from home movies along with lush, colored-saturated pictures he took of his parents, the resulting book, “Pictures From Home,” was a deeply personal document but one that continued Mr. Sultan’s lifelong mission of exploring photography’s fictions.

A previous Home & Amateur post on Sultan’s recent MoMA exhibition, “Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West,” is here.

The new book America’s Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry by Daniel Eagan includes essays on the first 500 films named to the National Film Registry. Publisher 33 1/3 included the essay about Robbins Barstow’s Disneyland Dream in its entirety on its blog.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) has been posting home videos of his trip to Afghanistan on his YouTube channel.

Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

ABC News story is here.

The Université du Luxembourg, Centre national de l’Audiovisuel Luxembourg, Dudelange will host the conference “Tourists and Nomads. Amateur Images of Migration,” from April 22 to 24, 2010.

“Drawing on Zygmunt Bauman’s distinction between two types of deterritorialisation, lived by “tourists” (moving out of choice) or by “nomads” (migrating out of economic necessity), this conference seeks to examine how experiences of spatial displacement are being represented and communicated by self-made photographs or films.”