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Spotlight Talks » The Open Road Photographer Alec Soth
Meet Open Road photographer Alec Soth has been noted as the modern heir to a tradition of documentary photography, dating back to the Depression-era images of Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. Soth will share is enchantment with southern travel and culture, focusing on his four principle American projects: Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, Broken Manual and Songbook. Soth has worked in every part of North America, as well as South America and Asia, but his main subject is what he calls ‘the big middle’: that huge swath of America that most people fly over, but which Soth has made his own. Through his lens, it is a place of backwater creeks and desolate spaces under yawning skies; small-town striving, disappointments and momentary joys; people who stare into the camera looking haunted, proud, defiant or, more often, simply bewildered to find themselves wrapped up in the mystery of life. Free with online registration.