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Larry Sultan/Courtesy Stephen Wirtz Gallery

Few photographic publications of the 1970s created the stir that Evidence did. The book seemed to vindicate the idea that a photograph could be beautiful even if its creator didn’t specifically intend it to be. Conceived by young, high-concept California photographers Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, the work winnowed images from vast corporate and government archives — the remaining evidence of tests and accidents, products and projects, the varied enterprises of the military-industrial complex.