Picturing the South: 25 Years


Picturing the South: 25 Years


Enchanted Forest (36), Texas

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Alec Soth, American, born 1969




Pigmented inkjet print


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Commissioned with funds from Photo Forum and the Friends of Photography

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© Alec Soth / Magnum Photos.


In the tradition of photographers such as Walker Evans, William Eggleston, and Stephen Shore, Alec Soth seeks to expose and elevate pedestrian aspects of American life. His poetic images capture the harsh beauty of disenfranchised people and places, underscoring the romantic ideals espoused by American society and the realities of living in such a vast and varied country. Inspired by the writing of Flannery O’Connor, Soth’s project explores spiritual and hermetic life in the South. The photographs include studies that represent a variety of natural subjects such as landscapes, woods, and caves; examples of man-made intervention including tree houses, forts, cabins and tents; and portraits of monks, hermits, and survivalists.