Soth Alec

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Soth Alec
Niagara. Mack, 2018. Following on from his critically acclaimed debut monograph Sleeping by the Mississippi, Alec Soth has turned his gaze to another iconic body of water, Niagara Falls. As with his photographs of the Mississippi, Soth's images of Niagara are less about natural wonder than human desire. "I went to Niagara for the same reason newlyweds and suicides do," Soth explains, "the incessant thunder of the falls just calls for great passion." Working for two years on the American and Canadian sides of the Falls with a large-format 8x10 camera, the photographs are rigorously composed and richly detailed. Soth depicts nude newlyweds and lovers, motel parking lots and pawnshop rings. Throughout the book, Soth has interspersed a number of love letters from the subjects he photographed. We read stories of teenage crushes, workplace affairs, heartbreak and suicide. Oscar Wilde wrote of the Falls, "The sight of the magnificent cascade must be one of the earliest, if not the most vivid, disappointments of American married life." In Soth's Niagara, we see both passion and disappointment. His images are a remarkable representation of modern love and its consequences. Signed by Alec Soth. Publisher: Mack
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