Alec Soth: Songbook

  • Stockholm-based artists Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt founded B-B-B-Books in 2011 with designers 1:2:3, Axel Von Friesen and Petter Törnqvist. Since then they have self-published ten books with “a focus on photography”. One of the books, Wikiland, was produced in two editions in 2011 and 2014 and in an evolving exhibition form since 2012. Miranda Gavin caught up with the artists to find out more about their working process, in particular the Wikiland project. MG: Why did you set up a publishing operation?KK: We decided to set up a publishing house because it was a way to create the kinds of publications we wanted without having to compromise. The works that we put into B-B-B-Books together form the context for the publishing. Their [...]

  • In the late 1970s the renowned photographer, Tod Papageorge, regularly visited and photographed the legendary New York discothèque, Studio 54. By turning his attention away from its infamous celebrity culture and instead towards his own photographic instincts, Papageorge captured the club’s vibrancy, decadence, energy and glamour like no one else, both documenting the scene as it was and at the same time investing it with a poetic poignancy that continues to resonate today. Thirty-five years later, the work has finally been released – most recently in book form – as Studio 54 (published by STANLEY/BARKER), which was widely acknowledged as one of the best photobooks of 2014. TP: Tod PapageorgeAS: Aaron SchumanAS: What first drew you to Studio 54? TP: The most common questions that [...]

  •       From 2012-2014, Alec Soth regularly assumed the disappearing role of the newspaper reporter whilst collaborating with writers, and travelling throughout the United States in search of stories for his self-published newspaper, The LBM Dispatch, as well as on assignment for The New York Times and other publications. In his latest monograph, Songbook, he collects together many of the resulting photographs, but strips them of their accompanying texts and specific contexts, presenting a broader and more lyrical portrait of the fragmentary nature of human interaction and community in the digital age, and of an America that fetishises independence yet still desperately longs to be united. ASc – Aaron SchumanASo – Alec SothASc: Firstly, so many of the images in Songbook were initially made whilst you were [...]

  • The ferocity and bleakness of war, is something that has drawn the attention of photographers almost since the invention of photography. One aspect that has remained largely unseen by the general public, however, is the practice arena for these wars. Such an example of these spaces is the lengthy, and particularly graphic, first act in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Soldiers, fresh-in and undergoing their conversion from civilians to killing machines, are forced to embrace and prepare themselves for jungle warfare at a military base in South Carolina. While this preparation is dominated by the hardened and aggressive Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, the space in which these new recruits is particularly significant; creating a space in which to rehearse for their forthcoming roles in the Vietnam War. The themes of this opening [...]
  • This week HOTSHOE will once again in residence at the London Art Fair - the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art Fair. The 27th edition of the Fair brings together over one hundred carefully selected galleries from the UK and overseas, with two curated sections, Art Projects and Photo50, running alongside the main fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington.Entitled ‘Against Nature’, this year’s Photo50 exhibition curated by Sheyi Bankale, poses a series of questions that consider what it is to look at and display a photograph and how a photograph can be elevated to the status of an object, act or intervention.Find out more info, and book your ticket HERE [...]
  • Named after NASA's 'Near-Earth Object Program', Barry W Hughes' latest series 'NEOP' takes us on a challenging adventure through his often-sculptural investigations into the aesthetics of outer space. Rosie Gist spoke to Hughes to find out more. RG: Have you always been fascinated by space?BWH: Science fiction had always interested me, but as I grew older and read more about history and science I began to regard space exploration and astronomy as the last true Romantic Obsession for humanity. I’m fascinated by the ideas that we humans attribute to space, and how we deconstruct space through science and logic so as to build an explanation and understanding for our own existence.  RG: What does contemplation of 'the beyond', or experiencing a mediated viewing of outer space (via the news, photos, films, etc.) hold for you [...]