Haunting Photos Show Intimate Scenes of Small-Town Life in America

Photographers Adam Lach and Alec Soth share their work in our annual photo issue.

For our annual photo issue we reached out to 16 up-and-coming photographers and asked them which photographer inspired them to pursue the medium. Then we approached their "idols" to see if they would be willing to publish work in the issue as well. What was provided, we think, creates a unique conversation about the line of influence between young artists and those more established in their careers. This post features an interview with Adam Lach and his chosen idol, Alec Soth, and an explanation of each of their bodies of work.

Finding the Magic of Everyday Life in a Polish Town

Adam Lach discovered “the magic of everyday life” when he was tapped to contribute to a growing archive of life in the central Polish municipality of Wrzesnia.

Every year in the central Polish municipality of Wrzesnia, the mayor selects one photographer to produce a narrative of the town, its surrounding villages and their people. When Adam Lach, a co-founder of Napo Images, was invited by the project’s curator to contribute to this continuing archive, he eagerly accepted because it “allowed me to make my secret dreams come true. At the time, I had a strong desire to tell the tale of a simple, ordinary place.”

Poland Grieves, but With Few Tears

A Q. & A. with the Polish photographer Adam Lach, who has been on assignment for The Times capturing images of this week’s events after a plane crash in Russia killed his country’s president and 95 others.

Here, Adam Lach, 27, a co-founder of Napo Images, answers questions about a poignant week for him and his country, and about his photography in Poland.