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2017 Best Books: Alec Soth


Books Alec Soth: 2017 Best Books Alec Soth Selects Reading Raymond Carver, Nausea, and In Most Tides An Island as the Best Books of 2017
Alec Soth
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi and Songbook. Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

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Reading Raymond Carver By Mary Frey 
Peperoni Books, 2017.
 
Reading Raymond Carver
Photographs by Mary Frey

“They meant something, albeit something simple,” Richard Ford wrote about his friend Raymond Carver’s stories, “that life goes this way or life goes that way; that chance is always involved, and that living is usually just dealing with consequences.” The same could be said for Mary Frey’s photographs. Made in the late 1970s while pregnant and starting a career in teaching, Frey depicts life and its consequences with piercing clarity. My favorite photobook of the year.

Selected as a photo-eye Book of the Week

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Reading Raymond Carver By Mary Frey. Peperoni Books, 2017.

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Nausea By Ron Jude. Mack, 2017.
 
Nausea
Photographs by Ron Jude

Revisiting his photographs of public schools from early 1990s, Ron Jude expertly depicts what he calls “the psychological weight of the grind of the everyday.” This might sound miserable, but Jude’s book also suggests the ultimate tool for survival: the ability to see the world with fresh eyes.

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Nausea By Ron Jude. Mack, 2017.

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In Most Tides An Island By Nicholas Muellner 
Self Publish Be Happy, 2017.
 
In Most Tides An Island
Photographs by Nicholas Muellner
 
I didn’t want to like this book. I didn’t like the cover and was repelled by the idea of a three-hundred-page photobook with so much text. I knew Muellner was a good writer, but I couldn’t imagine this book succeeding. After a few weeks of avoiding it, I finally started reading. It won me over immediately. Muellner has achieved something exceedingly rare: a great photobook in which the photographer’s own writing is essential.

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In Most Tides An Island By Nicholas Muellner. Self Publish Be Happy, 2017.

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