“After the publication of my last book on social life in America, Songbook, and a retrospective of my four major American projects, Gathered Leaves, I went through a long period of rethinking my creative process. For over a year I stopped travelling and photographing people. I barely took any pictures. When I returned to photography, I wanted to strip the medium down to its primary elements.
Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking at other people and hopefully get a brief glimpse into their inner lives. To try and access these lives, I made all the photographs indoors. While these rooms often exist in faraway places, it is only to emphasise that these images are not about any particular place. Whether an image was made in Odessa or Minneapolis, my goal was the same: to simply spend time in the presence of another beating heart.
“- Alec Soth
. Alec Soth’s latest publication is named after a line from a Wallace Stevens poem ‘The Gray Room’; it is an exploration of intimacy. Small encounters in private rooms in search of “other beating hearts”.
Special edition in boxset including an original print, numbered and signed by the author, in edition of 150 featuring two different subjects
Available is subject ‘B’, shown in photograph