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Can you Swim?

Between 1978 and 1982, Larry Sultan photographed people learning to swim in public pools in San Francisco, creating one of his most instinctive and sensorial series.

“I wanted to do something so absolutely different, and physical, and in a certain way, kind of ill-conceived… I took my camera and went underwater in a bunch of pools. And made pictures.”

In the images, fun and fragility go hand in hand. The swimmers dive, float and play in clumsy poses, seemingly caught unaware, inhabiting an underwater dimension where the rules of the outside world are suspended.

The book “Swimmers” is published by MACK and available for the price of €60.

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