Alec Soth

October 28, 2008

During the past few months I have made book suggestions or shown videos portraying photographers that I like. Among them Richard Avedon, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark and others.
The more I look at this I notice that there is a certain way of approach towards people that most if not all of these artists seem to share. Their images might be very different but they all show a direct interaction between the photographer and the subject. This is not about a “decisive moment”, capturing brief situations between people on the street… it is rather building up a personal relationship with the person then portraying this character in a setting that resembles this particular individual, the place etc.

Alec Soth is a contemporary photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota and member of MAGNUM. In his approach and style he reminds me very much of William Eggleston and/or Joel Sternfeld. His images are well composed, in color, and almost surreal in their expression. The arrangements appear almost static, however, there is an intensity in the communication between the people portrayed and the camera that always leaves me fascinated, wanting to see more.

Check it out, he’s worth it!


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