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Soth, Alec 1969-

Works: 104 works in 222 publications in 2 languages and 2,660 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Illustrated works  Exhibition, pictorial works  Biography  History  Photobooks  Interviews  Sources  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Photographer, Illustrator, wat, Contributor, Artist, Interviewee
Classifications: TR647, 779.092
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Most widely held works about Alec Soth
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Most widely held works by Alec Soth
Suburban world : the Norling photos by Brad Zellar( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through more than 10,000 images, Irwin Denison Norling, the unofficial town photographer for Bloomington, Minnesota, captured the strange juxtapositions, incongruities, and dark corners of the developing suburban America of the 1950s and '60s. A competitive amateur glued to his police radio, Norling spent years examining the light and darkness, tragedies and desolation, rituals of community and celebration through the lens of the camera, deftly capturing the uneasy dichotomy between the familiar and subversive-the familiarly subversive. "That was the way it was. And the way it was, that's what I was after."
House of Coates by Brad Zellar( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Washed up in the shadow of a refinery, Lester B. Morrison, legendary recluse, documents his life in a series of photographs taken with a disposable camera. In a landscape of off ramps, warehouses, and SRO hotels occupied by terminally lonely men, love and faith break in, quietly offering human connection and the possibility of redemption. Brad Zellar has worked as a writer and editor for daily and weekly newspapers, as well as for both regional and national magazines. He is the author of Suburban World: The Norling Photos, The 1968 Project, Conductors of the Moving World, and House of Coates. Alec Soth is a photographer whose first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004. Since then Soth has published over a dozen books including Niagara (2006), Dog Days, Bogotá; (2007), The Last Days of W (2008), and Broken Manual (2010). Soth's work has been exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland."--
Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth by Kate Mulleavy( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Auckland project by John R Gossage( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Spring of 2009, John Gossage and Alec Soth were invited to photograph in Auckland, New Zealand. For both, it was a trip of departures. Gossage has been working in black and white for over 40 years, and this trip yielded one of the first bodies of work he had ever produced in color. Soth's work with the 8x10 view camera has inspired an entire generation of his contemporaries, and leaving it behind was key to approaching the world from a fresh visual perspective. The results represent a major shift of vision for these two vastly important American photographers. This publication represents the culmination of that trip. Both the concept and the content of the book have been driven by the uniqueness of the "collaboration" and the primacy of the book to the artistic practice of both Soth and Gossage. Essentially two books in one, The Auckland Project showcases a playful attention to materials and presentation that marks all Radius Books projects. Unlike 2007's Obvious & Ordinary, in which Martin Parr (in his signature color) and John Gossage (using black and white) published the results of a road-trip across the American South, this volume presents the two photographers' work separately, creatively combined through the device of the book and its housing
Peter Liversidge : twofold by Peter Liversidge( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"British artist Peter Liversidge's (born 1973) diverse oeuvre begins with typewritten proposals through which he explores many media. Using a hand held camera, Liversidge takes two images--the initial selected image guides the composition of the second image, taken moments after the first is developed
Un voyage américain by Joyce Appleby( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Frank's The Americans (1958) transformed the landscape of contemporary photography. An exile from Europe, Frank criss-crossed the United States with his camera, searching for the uncomfortable truths of his adopted home. The resulting book was the defining work of photographic art in the 20th century. Fifty years later, French director Philippe Séclier decided to follow in his footsteps, retracing his path step by step. He explores the spirit of the Beat Generation by examining the impact of Frank's book, not only on the art of photography, but also on American culture. He tracks down the subjects of the photos, while also eliciting thoughts and comments from painter Ed Ruscha, photographer Raymond Depardon, and a series of leading historians and curators."--Container
From here to there : Alec Soth's America, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis by Alec Soth( Book )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Walker presents the first U.S. survey of the work of Alec Soth, one of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography, whose offbeat images of everyday America form powerful narrative vignettes. Featuring more than 100 photographs made between 1994 and the present, the exhibition includes examples from Soth's well-known series Sleeping by the Mississippi and Niagara, a selection of rarely seen early black-and-white work, and a broad range of portraits. Also on view is the Minneapolis-based artist's newest series, Broken Manual, exploring places of escape in and individuals who seek to flee civilization for a life "off the grid."
Cruising by Chad States( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outdoor color photography featuring cruising spots and attendant sexual behavior, together with the essay "Cruising on the margins: photographing the changing worlds of outdoor sex between males" by Gordon Brent Ingram, Phd., and an interview with the author in coversation with Alec Soth
The last days of W. by Alec Soth( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During these last days of the administration, what is the point of protest, satire or any other sort of rabble-rousing? In assembling this convection of pictures I've made over the last eight years, I'm not really trying to accomplish much at all. But as President Bush once said: 'One of the great things about books is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.'-Alec Soth"--Publisher's website
The First World War now by Antoine d' Agata( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten international photographers from the renowned Magnum Agency photographed how the First World War reverberates in their country. This book shows their personal views on the traces of the war in Germany, England, Russia, Austria, Italy, Belgium, America, Australia, the Balkans and France
Looking for love, 1996 by Alec Soth( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niagara by Alec Soth( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soth's picture of Niagara are less about natural wonder than human desire. Using a large-format 8x10 camera, the photographs are rigorously composed and richly detailed. Working over two years on both sides of the Falls, Soth depicts newlyweds and naked lovers, motel parking lots and pawn shop wedding rings
Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Soths̕ richly descriptive, large format color photographs describe an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors ... In the books̕ forty-six ... pictures ... [Soth] merges a documentary style with a poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organizing structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust"--Http://
Ohio by Alec Soth( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sheep by Alec Soth( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broken manual by Lester B Morrison( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iris garden by John Cage( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Like a mushroom hunting trip full of unexpected pleasures, Iris Garden combines 22 of John Cage's stories with 44 of William Gedney's photographs (including several of the composer himself) with an ingenious design mirroring Cage's concept of chance."--Publisher's website
Deutsche Börse photography prize 2006( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dog days Bogotá by Alec Soth( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After completing the work for his first book, Sleeping by the Mississippi, in 2002, Alec Soth traveled with his wife to Bogota, Colombia, to adopt a baby girl. The baby's birth mother had given the new parents a book filled with letters, pictures and poems for their daughter. "I hope that the hardness of the world will not hurt your sensitivity," she wrote. "When I think about you I hope that your life is full of beautiful things." While the courts processed the adoption paperwork, and with these words as a mission statement, Soth set about making his own book for his daughter. Soth writes, "In photographing the city of her birth, I hope I've described some of the beauty in this hard place." This beauty makes itself apparent through ramshackle architecture, the companionship of animals and the perseverance of the human spirit. But Soth's photographs also transcend the simple description of beauty, roaming through a cast of strays, tough souls and small hints of hope
Songbook by Alec Soth( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From 2012-2014, Soth traveled state by state while working on his self-published newspaper, The LBM Dispatch, as well as on assignment for the New York Times and others. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, Soth attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and communal gatherings in search of human interaction in an era of virtual social networks. With Songbook, Soth has stripped these pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for connection at their root. Fragmentary, funny and sad, Songbook is a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and the desire to be united
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Suburban world : the Norling photos
Alternative Names
Alec Soth

Alec Soth Amerikaans fotograaf

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Alec Soth fotògraf estatunidenc

Alec Soth fotógrafo estadounidense

Alec Soth photographe américain

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Алек Сот

Сот, Алек


English (125)

Spanish (1)

Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec SothThe Auckland projectFrom here to there : Alec Soth's America, Walker Art Center, MinneapolisCruisingNiagaraSleeping by the MississippiDog days Bogotá