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Larry Lytle

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conceptual, digital, photography


My artwork has always been photographic and narrative in nature. Previous to this group of work shown here, between 1980 and 1999, I constructed scenarios using settings, props and people. My interest was always to tell our stories, how we interact and what is important to us. I have always felt that photography is a wonderful medium to explore these ideas.

Ten years ago I began photographing for a company that made articulated action figures. I realized their potential, being able to use them in ways that would seem too strange if people where involved. I also wanted to explore how these dolls, and figures with all there accouterments helped train us from childhood to interact with each other, to shape our expectations of an adult life, and to want for more. I try to approach these subjects not to judge but to point out what might be.

In the exhibition on this site you will see a series titled Monologues. Each face seemed to have a story, so written over them are their private thoughts in words. Another series is titled Taxonomy. Each face is such an analog of our own. I made the faces life size, and placed them in grids that explore various societal relationships. The another group is titled People Like Us. In this series I explore body language. The last series is titled Diorama. I built sets using common themes of political and social dynamics to, once again, tell stories of the human condition. The series that begins this site is titled American Obsessions. In this I pose the question of toys' roll in helping to developing our mass consumer society. Do the obsessions rise because of the toys we played with or are the toys create as a reaction to preexisting desires?

I do not alter the figures. Everything is as it was out of the package. The only altered/constructed figure is the death figure used in the Diorama series. I use Photoshop only to dodge, burn, remove dust and particles, and fix some of the paint missed in spots on faces. Everything is shot in one go.

Most of the bodies of work are shown complete, except for American Obsessions which consists of 60 pieces. There are other series not shown here but are on my web site.



Glendale, CA


California State University, Northridge

1984 MA  Art – 3D

1976 BA Speech Communication

1976 BA Political Science


1998 Keyart Awards, Theatrical Poster, Psycho

Client: Intralink/Universal Pictures

1997 Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA

3rd Place

1995 Society for Contemporary Photography

Merit Award, Purchase Award


Art Review: 'Chain Letter' at Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Los Angeles Times Blog, Uncredited, August 4, 2011

The Very Good and Irresistibly Kitschy, December 11, 2007

Art Talk With Edward Goldman, KCRW

VC Reporter, California Thinkin’ by Matthew Singer, December 20, 2007


Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

MOMA, New York, NY

Various Private Collections


 William Mortensen and George Dunham, Artist Rebels

The Laguna Beach Independent, Vol. 5, Issue 37, pages B6-B7.

Los Angeles Neon, Nathan Marsak & Nigel Cox

Schiffer Books, 2002, Contributing Photographer

Original Sources: Art and Archives at the Center for Creative Photography,

Edited by Amy Rule, (Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson), June, 2002.

The Archive 33 William Mortensen; A Revival,

Michael Dawson, Diane Dillon, A. D. Coleman, Larry Lytle, Amy Rule, 

(Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson), 1998.


The Command to Look; The Story of William Mortensen Part 1, 2 & 3, Larry Lytle,

(TheScreamOnline Internet e-Journal of Fiction, Art, Photography, and Essays.,, August, 2001, June, 2001 & April, 2002.

“Where Do We Come From…,” “Light and Photography,” “Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction,

3 essays by Larry Lytle, (TheScreamOnline Internet e-Journal of Fiction, Art,

Photography, and Essays.,, January, 2002.


California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

Part-time Art Faculty, 2003 to present

Otis Evening College of Art and Design, Goldsmith Campus, Westchester, CA

Instructor of Photography, 2000 to 2005



American Obsessions

CSUCI Exhibitions Gallery, Camarillo, CA

February 25 – April 16, 2010


American Obsessions

Handmade Galleries LA, Sherman Oaks, CA

August 1 – October 1, 2009



Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA

March 14 – May 2


Tableau Vivant

New Image Gallery, James Madison University, VA

September 1 – October 17


Tableau Vivant

Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

November 5 – December 2



People Like Us

L2 Kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA


Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO


Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA


LAPA Gallery, Venice, CA


Azurite Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA



by and for: Democracy and Art

Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA


Chain Letter

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


New American Dream, Installation

Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA


CSUCI Art Faculty Exhibition

Camarillo, CA


A BOOK ABOUT DEATH: An Unbound Book on the Subject of Death

The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY


Beyond Toys

Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA


Hang Onto Your Ego

CSUCI Exhibitions, Camarillo, CA


Made In California

City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA


Connectivity: Across Time Across Earth

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Los Angeles, CA


The Open Show

Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Juror: Ann Philbin, Director, Hammer Museum


Made In California

City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA


In America Now

Don O’Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA


Envisioning The Future

Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA


American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)

Harold’s Gallery at Insync Media, Inglewood, CA


Exhibit #1

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Theatre of Light and Motion

City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA


Current Works ’95

Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO


Los Angeles Juried Exhibition

Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Watts Tower, Los Angeles, CA


Current Works ’94

Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO


APA Photo 5 Juried Exhibition, Locations around Los Angeles, CA


California Artists’ Books Juried Exhibition

The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA


The Basement Regulars

Nexus Photo Gallery, Pasadena, CA







Recent Exhibits

Larry Lytle participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2013 CSUCI Student and Faculty Show
Ventura County Government Center
Jun, 2013 ART for CLARE 2013
Bergamot Station
Dec, 2012 Room For Interpretation
CSUCI Exhibitions Gallery -Camarillo
Jun, 2012 ART for CLARE 2012
Bergamot Station
Feb, 2010 American Obsessions
CSUCI Exhibitions Gallery -Camarillo
Aug, 2009 American Obsessions
Handmade Galleries
Click here to see all exhibits for Larry Lytle
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