April 18, 2007
March 27, 2007
September 26, 2006
A few years ago I saw the fantastic film War Photographer about James Nachtwey. One terrific scene shows Nachtwey working with a printer. He asks the printer to reprint his image over and over again. The printer dutifully nods and returns to the darkroom. The scene seemed as fantastical to me as the Wizard of Oz. Are there really printers out there who will work with you to find perfection? You must be kidding.
But a couple of years ago I discovered Laumont Labs in NYC. Laumont is a special place. Their clientele mostly consists of other artists. During today’s visit alone I met Bill Jacobsen, Scott Jackson and Ports Bishop – all fine folks (there is nothing like the comraderie among photographers at the lab).
But as much as I enjoy being in the presence of other artists, the reason I work at Laumont is to work with master printers like Alberto Blum. Just like Nachtwey’s wizard, Alberto never complains in his pursuit of the perfect print (though he might quietly fantasize about downing I glass of whiskey after I leave):
Along with Alberto, the office staff at Laumont is fantastic. Sarah Madsen is smart and funny and a damn fine photographer herself. (She also makes a good model):
Sarah, 2006. © Alec Soth
September 23, 2006
September 5, 2006
After three years, my amazing studio manager Kerri Jamison (aka The Red Bull or Special K), has moved on to the greener pastures of advertising as Art Buyer for Fallon. Kerri and I shared a lot of adventures, many of which involved headgear:
Kerri and I on assignment in Tennessee for Life Magazine.
Preparing for troubled chimpanzees (and the fecal matter they like to throw at photographers) for a NY Times Magazine assignment.
I’ll miss Kerri terribly, but fortunately I found an amazingly competent redhead to replace her. I’m thrilled to have Eric William Carroll join me in the studio:
Eric in the studio cockpit