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Alec Soth
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Alec Soth: Black Line of Woods
High Museum of Art
Featuring work by: Alec Soth

Exhibition: Sat, Aug 8, to Sun, Jan 3 2010

This exhibition of photographs by the Minnesota-based artist Alec Soth (American, born 1969) is the latest in the High Museum’s Picturing the South photography series. For this distinctive initiative the High commissions established and emerging photographers to produce new work inspired by the American South. Past participants include Dawoud Bey, Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach and Alex Webb, whose commissions have all been added to the High’s steadily growing permanent collection.

Exploring spiritual and hermetic life in the rural South, Soth traveled extensively throughout the region, capturing an unusual cast of characters living outside mainstream society. These photographs center on the landscape, flora, and fauna of the Deep South, and the people who choose to live on the margins (hermits, monks, campers and survivalists) in an array of manmade structures. The project was inspired by the writings of Flannery O’Connor, the Georgian writer whose Southern Gothic style explored social issues and revealed the cultural character of the American South. Like O’Connor’s stories, Soth’s photographs combine warmth and insight with narrative elements that convey the unique spirit of the region.

"F.P., Resaca, Georgia, 2006"
Inkjet print
Commissioned with funds from Photo Forum and the Friends of Photography
2009.16

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30338  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Mon: 10am - 10pm
Tue: 11am - 10pm
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 11pm - 10pm
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ACP Listing #: 018

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