Alec Soth's Archived Blog

April 13, 2007

Jim Johnston

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The brilliant blogger Jim Johnston has recently faced unthinkable tragedy. Read his touching post here.

Peace to Jim and his family.

December 9, 2006

Art Basel Chattanooga

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The blog is going to continue being quiet for the next week while I’m in Tennessee and everyone else is in Miami.

December 7, 2006

Review Santa Fe

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In a recent post on advice for emerging photographers, I neglected to mention my absolute #1 recommendation, Review Santa Fe. In 2003 I won a free trip to the Reviews. I hadn’t heard of a portfolio review before and wasn’t even sure I wanted to go.

In Santa Fe I had a chance to have some of the most refined eyes in the country look at my work. Everthing changed. I left Santa Fe with a fistful of opportunities and a bunch of new friends.

If you don’t believe me, read what Brian Ulrich had to say.

The deadline for 2007 Review Santa Fe is quickly approaching: December 15, 2006. For information on applying, go here.

November 30, 2006

Leonard Freed 1929-2006

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Leonard Freed passed away on November 29th, 2006. Here are a few photographs and quotes from this great photographer:

Vatican City—Pope John XXIII enjoys the snow, 1958. ©Leonard Freed

“Photography is like life… What does it all mean? I don’t know – but you get an impression, a feeling…. An impression of walking through the street, walking through the park, walking through life. I’m very suspicious of people who say they know what it means.”

Denmark, 1971 ©Leonard Freed

“…a good photograph must have the element of good design: Everything within the photograph has to be essential. It’s never like a painting where you can have it perfect. It shouldn’t be absolutely perfect. That would kill it.”

Wall Street, New York, 1956©Leonard Freed

“Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the seeking of truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit.”

November 27, 2006

AIDS auction

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Angola, Louisiana (from the grounds of Angola State Prison), 2002 by Alec Soth

This Friday, December 1st, is Worlds AIDS Day. 401 Projects & DKNY Jeans is hosting a silent auction of photographs (including the one above) curated by Elisabeth Biondi, photo editor of The New Yorker. For more information, click here and here.

November 6, 2006

Vote! (and photograph)

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Along with casting your vote tomorrow, snap a picture and send it to the Polling Place Photo Project.

November 3, 2006

Magnum filmmakers

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The Berlin Film Festival is going to feature films made by Magnum photographers. Read the press release here. If anyone is in Berlin next February, I’d love to hear your reviews.

September 30, 2006

On the road

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I’m leaving for a couple of weeks in Texas. I reckon the blog postings will be far and few between.


September 23, 2006

On the road

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The blog will likely be quiet for the next week. I gotta’ bring home the artistic bacon.

September 18, 2006

Minneapolis libraries need help

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Tonight I was honored with a chair at the Minneapolis Public Library. Many thanks to the Willis and Sissel families (and mom and dad) for this tremendous honor.

During the ceremony a library representative noted that despite our reputation as one of the most literate cities in the country, our libraries have some of the worst hours of any major system in America. Since 2003, Minneapolis library funding has been cut by nearly three million dollars. For folks that are concerned about this growing problem, please visit The Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library.

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