Alec Soth's Archived Blog

September 26, 2007


Filed under: critics & curators,quotes — alecsothblog @ 9:09 am

“Give me a Rembrandt in a subway station toilet and a flashlight and I’m happy.” A profile of Peter Schjeldahl in the Village Voice (Schjeldahl previously discussed on this blog here, here, here, here, here).

“You are many things, but I wouldn’t count glamorous among them.” Jen Bekman talks to me about my fashion sensibility.

“Affluent Children Dressed by their Parents in Absurd Outfits, Already Displaying Scatterbrain Sexuality, Disdain, and Lust.” My pal Michael Silva gets himself a blog.

“Aren’t we all failed photographers?” A great blog on the life and times of an anonymous photo editor.

Who do you like better, Duane Michaels or Brian Ulrich?


  1. I hope Michael Silva realises he will now wake in the middle of the night because the mistress that is blog will call like some demented f**king siren………………………

    Comment by mark page — September 26, 2007 @ 10:18 am

  2. I think a mullet (Michaels) is more powerful than a ministry (Ulrich). Unless, of course, your are talking about a mullet ministry. By the way, Amy Stein wrote a great post several months ago about Googlegangers and pointed to the ‘saxy’ Mr. Ulrich.

    Comment by Jerry — September 26, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  3. Great interview! love the images too. really inspirational work. linked up.

    Comment by Ed Fladung — September 26, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  4. I love all things Amy Stein, but I’d missed the brilliant Googlegangers post. Believe it or not, just this morning I emailed Shen Wei to congratulate him on winning a MacArthur ‘genius’ Grant

    Comment by Alec Soth — September 26, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

  5. This is my uncle.

    Comment by Alec Soth — September 26, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  6. Photographs of ordinary people with famous names:

    Comment by Alec Soth — September 26, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

  7. Duane! (Sorry Brian)

    Comment by Ryan Granzow — September 26, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

  8. I’m thinking it’s got to be Duane. Courier and Papyrus on an album cover is a bold mix — you’ve got to admire that kind of bravado.

    Comment by James — September 26, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  9. Hey Alec, thanks for posting that Amy Stein link. Her blog is great reading/seeing and her photography, a good find. added to rss reader.

    Comment by Ed Fladung — September 26, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

  10. James, great point on the fonts. But what about the Robert Ryman Auditorium.

    Comment by Alec Soth — September 26, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  11. […] Hey, if I’m not mistaken, you’re new here. Why don’t you subscribe to my RSS feed? whatdayasay? Thanks for visiting and I hope you digg this blog (just a little joke there, haha?!)I just stumbled upon Amy Stein’s photography and blog. great stuff on both sites, her writing is only surpassed by her photography. love the splash image of the wolves(?!) eating suburban trash. nice! [via Alec Soth] […]

    Pingback by Amy Stein | Quality Peoples — September 26, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  12. why do you make me buy books Alec?

    amazon has “great americans” for .49 cents plus shipping


    Comment by Mark Doddato — September 26, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

  13. Dearest Mr. A. Soth,
    It is clear that Ms. A. Stein is indeed the forerunner in the contest to find another Mr. B. Ulrich.
    Though in fact it is Sir Vaughn Gitelson that indeed is first out of the gate with this post.
    ps. Duane is better than digital

    Comment by Mr. B. Ulricks — September 26, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

  14. you just crashed the other Duane Michaels site.


    Comment by Paul McEvoy — September 26, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

  15. I guess that means that Michaels won?

    Comment by Alec Soth — September 26, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

  16. Who is this Gitelson upstart?

    Comment by Ms. A. Stein — September 26, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

  17. Ahh, the photo editor blog is amazing. Really refreshing to hear their side of things. Though the photo editors I’ve had to deal with seem to be a few steps behind.

    Comment by andrew — September 28, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

  18. Nice to find you.

    Unblogged (

    Comment by tj — October 25, 2007 @ 5:25 am

  19. Oh dear. And here I was thinking, Duane Michals the photographer? I love him! Thanks for the links though.

    Comment by sujin — December 26, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

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