books2012

The Best Photo Books of 2012

books2012

The year is coming to a close. And the holiday season is in full swing. Time for that special gift for that special someone. Or perhaps for yourself. If you are not sure what to get this year, keeping in mind that some even believe this will be our last year…ever, this might be a good time for that special gift. Photo-Eye Magazine has published The Best Books of 2012. A selection of books chosen by a large group of experts, editors and photographers. Among them Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Todd Hido and Alec Soth.

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Alec Soth

Personal Space

Alec Soth, member of Magnum since 2008, documents people and places. He uses an 8×10 camera. Important for him is to photograph a person when he or she is at ease. He said: “My own awkwardness comforts people, I think. It’s part of the exchange.”

The use of a large format camera brings about a softness that corresponds with the photographed subjects. The softness equals the comfortableness of the person photographed. As if Soth has found a way to reduce his own presence  to that of the comfortable vibe a person has in their own personal space. And looking at his projects (Sleeping by the Mississippi, Broken Manual, The last days of W and others) he manages to truly tell a story by creating a mix of portraits, landscapes and interiors. As if we, the audience, get a look into a world we know not much about. A world that only comes about when a stranger is not present.

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