- Tapa dura: 104 páginas
- Editor: Steidl; Edición: 01 (8 de mayo de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 3865212336
- ISBN-13: 978-3865212337
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Alec Soth: Niagara (Inglés) Tapa dura – 8 may 2006
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In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut monograph "Sleeping by the Mississippi", Alec Soth turns his eye to another iconic body of water, Niagara Falls. But, as with his photographs of the Mississippi, Soth's pictures of Niagara are less about natural wonder than human desire. "I went to Niagara for the same reason as the honeymooners and suicide jumpers," says Soth, "the relentless thunder of the Falls just calls for big passion." While the subject may be hot, these are quiet pictures. Using a large-format 8X10 camera, the photographs are rigorously composed and richly detailed. Working over the course of two years on both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls, the editing is tight and surprising. Soth depicts newlyweds and naked lovers, motel parking lots and pawn shop wedding rings. Throughout the book, Soth also includes a number of love letters from the subjects he photographed. We read about teenage crushes, workplace affairs, heartbreak and suicide. Oscar Wilde wrote of the Falls, "The sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life." In Soth's Niagara, we see both the passion and the disappointment. His pictures are a remarkable portrayal of modern love and it's aftermath.
Biografía del autor
Alec Soth, born 1969, is a photographer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs are in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Soth's work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and Sao Paulo Biennials. He has received fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Steidl published his first book, Sleeping by the Mississippi, in 2004. He is a member of the Magnum agency. Philip Brookman is Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Cocoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C..
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To start with Soth designed it and it was probably his idea to avoid a dust jacket and go for an embossed title and panel for a pasted-on color photo. After the title spread there is a five page essay by Richard Ford followed by the photo pages, three of which use notes that Soth got from strangers while working on this Niagara assignment, next Philip Brookman contributes a six page essay on the cultural aspects of the Falls. Just before the book ends there are two spreads that, for me, make it all come alive. These are background notes handwritten by Soth and included are nine addition photos he took and one he was given by somone in a bar. Included also are some very personal notes he was given by strangers. Thumbnails of the Niagara photos with their titles run down the sides of these four pages. The back cover has an embossed quote taken from a handwritten note on page eighty-three.
I thought Soth's intriguing images are definitely given extra credence by being presented in this particular format. His design, printing, paper, binding, contributor essays all work to enhance the photos. This is not a unique way of doing things but in this case I think it works perfectly. The photos are one to a page and amazingly, with so few, the impact the Falls and motels have on the folks who go there really comes across. With each viewing they become more and more accessible.
***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.