New Orleans, After the Aftermath

A photographer captures suffering and renewal ten years after Katrina.

Alec Soth, a photographer who lives in Minneapolis and travels the Midwest and the South with the energy of a latter-day Walker Evans, did not join the artists who came to New Orleans a decade ago to capture what he calls the “eye candy of decay and ruin.” Instead, he waited, preferring to capture the city of water ten years later, a city in a state of both persistent suffering and persistent renewal. Soth shows us the unnerving image of a freestanding column—all that is left of a house in the hard-hit Lower Ninth Ward—but he moves toward a vision of promise, a lonely figure at his leisure, staring into the waters of today’s New Orleans. ♦

Juxtapoz Magazine - Alec Soth + Stacey Baker: This is what enduring love looks like

Stacey Baker has always been obsessed with how couples meet. When she asked photographer Alec Soth to help her explore this topic, they found themselv...

Stacey Baker has always been obsessed with how couples meet. When she asked photographer Alec Soth to help her explore this topic, they found themselves at the world’s largest speed-dating event, held in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day, and at the largest retirement community in Nevada — with Soth taking portraits of pairs in each locale. Between these two extremes, they unwound a beautiful through-line of how a couple goes from meeting to creating a life together.

Alec Soth Offering Free "Winnebago Workshop" To Teen Artists | PDNPulse

The photographer is offering teen artists a free opportunity to learn from him and his staff while they create a multimedia story.

Photographer Alec Soth and his Little Brown Mushroom (LBM) publishing imprint recently announced a hiatus from bookmaking to pursue a new initiative: The Winnebago Workshop, “a mobile classroom that puts artists with teens to create multimedia stories.”

The Two Emotions That Best Describe Life in America: Nostalgia and Anxiety (Photos)

In an age of increasing social media–driven isolation, what does community look like in America? 

In an age of increasing social media–driven isolation, what does community look like in America?  That’s the question photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar set out to answer when they started roaming the country in 2012.

Lost and found connections in Alec Soth’s American ‘Songbook’

A new book depicts Alec Soth's travels across the country over the course of two years in search of how we stay connected in the age of social media.

For his latest book release “Songbook” (MACK, January 2015), Soth traded the solo human experience for one of human connectivity, seeking to find out what connects us and how we stay that way within the proliferation of virtual social media

Q & A with Alec Soth

Alec Soth is a photographer based in St. Paul, MN. • BA:  You wrote recently on the relationship between popularity and quality....

When I did Sleeping by the Mississippi, I gave away contact prints of Charles (the guy with the airplanes) never thinking it would be popular or sell. The fact that it became my most known image delights me. One curious thing about that picture is that I made about five exposures. I'm pretty certain that if I'd chosen another exposure it wouldn't have been my signature image.

A Month of Magnum

We began with Alec Soth, who welcomed the new year from St. Paul, Minnesota. Gueorgui Pinkhassov showed us Moscow, from a candlelit Orthodox Christmas celebration and a look at life across the city. Dominic Nahr documented his trip home, to Hong Kong, to visit his mother, and Bieke Depoorter took her first trip to northern Norway. Finally, Jacob Aue Sobol’s portraits of Milwaukee brought us full circle, back to the Midwest. Here’s a look at highlights from the month

The Wandering Spirit

The photographer Alec Soth and the writer Brad Zellar have undertaken a long-term project, born out of simple pleasure, that captures both the humanity and banality of the American continent. Their self-described “North American ramblings” are presented in an irregularly published newspaper titled The LBM Dispatch, which recalls the documentary-style photography of days long gone. Soth describes it as “being in the style of both newspaper journalism and the Walker Evans/James Agee approach in ‘Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.’ ”

Old-School Pong

Vintage table-tennis snapshots collected by the photographer Alec Soth.

The photographer Alec Soth published a book this month consisting of vintage table-tennis photos collected from eBay and elsewhere, accompanied by a conversation between the Ping-Pong-obsessed writers Pico Iyer and Geoff Dyer. Table tennis is “a way to do a physical sport that has actual athletic qualities but is kind of contained,” says Soth, who plays every day in his studio. “There’s a real mental element to it. It’s not chess, but your brain is engaged. It’s a break from neuroses.”

Alec Soth Interview - Part 2 - A Photo Editor

[Part 1 is here] by Jonathan Blaustein Jonathan Blaustein: You’ve got a publishing company, LBM, that you started in 2008. Is that right? Alec Soth: Correct. JB: It’s based in Minneapolis. You built a team of collaborators, and a print studio. How did tha

We’re continuing that project, and we’re using the Guggenheim funds to expand it in difficult-to-fund regions. We’re doing Texas, and it’s easier to get funding there, than some place like Idaho. It’s a very expensive project because there are three of us traveling, and I pay Brad. Then we produce the newspaper

Alec Soth Interview - Part 1 - A Photo Editor

by Jonathan Blaustein Jonathan Blaustein: When did you first start taking photographs? When did it all begin? Alec Soth: In high school, I had this experience that a lot of people have. I had a great teacher that woke me up. In that case, he was a paintin

I just feel really strongly now that being a creative person means being creative with your life. It doesn’t mean being creative with this one particular activity that you do. Now I see that running a business is a creative activity. How you organize your daily schedule is a creative activity. You can be creative and entrepreneurial in all sorts of different ways.

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A week afterward Alec Soth's lecture last Friday is still reverberating in my head. I'd been told beforehand that he never gives the same t...

A week afterward Alec Soth's lecture last Friday is still reverberating in my head. I'd been told beforehand that he never gives the same talk twice, that he's loose with structure, maybe even approaching ADD in his fondness for wandering

Alec Soth on Wandering, Storytelling and Robert Adams vs. Weegee | PDNPulse

Last week at the Portland Art Museum as part of the 2013 Photolucida festivities, Alec Soth gave a lecture titled “From Here to There: Searching for Narrative in Photography.” The talk could have been titled “Searching for Narrative in Photography Lecture

Prompted by the audience, Soth spoke about a period of time when he was sick of photography, because “the production of the thing got in the way of wandering.” Soth tried to find a cave to buy so he could disappear