All across Australia, bushfires are burning at an unprecedented scale. On January 14, the Australian government announced that the fires have devastated estimated 46 million acres (72,000 square miles), killing…
Sleeping by The Mississippi by Alec Soth is one of the defining publications in the photobook era. First published by Steidl in 2004, it was American photographer Alec Soth’s first book, sold through three editions, and established him as one of the leading lights of contemporary photographic practice. This MACK edition launches to coincide with the first exhibition in London dedicated to the series at Beetles+Huxley gallery, and includes two photographs that were not included in the previous versions of the book.
On September 7th, San Francisco Camerawork opens the exhibition, Begin Anywhere. It's a unique curation about mentorship and artistic collaboration*. Curated by Monique Deschaines, Begin Anywhere explores "the possibilities and influence of artistic mento
AS: That’s a tough one, and I love processing Szarkowski quotes. He also talked about how photography, on a mental level, is just pointing. It’s just pointing your finger, and saying, “look at that.” And when you point to something you’re not showing the molecules, you’re not showing its history, its ‘everything.’ You’re showing this thing in this context, in this fraction of a second, in this light. Everything beneath the surface exists, but it’s imagined. And one has to come to terms with that.
As for his MFA students who may be less concerned about creative freedom and more worried about a career, he advises: “First of all, it is hard. And I’ve had tons of missteps along the way,” he says. “That’s the thing about being creative. You come up with creative solutions to problems. And that’s not just in your work, but in life.”