IMA 2019 Winter Vol.30

Alec Soth’s Endless Journey

Alec Soth’s Endless Journey

Alec Soth has constantly traveled while establishing his photographic career. What has he sought to see in his homeland and young nation America? Viewers of Soth’s photographs universally empathize with them because he approaches his motifs carefully and views his subjects in America from a compassionate and restrained perspective. In this issue, we share with our readers the artists, photo books, and poetry that influenced and inspired Soth, a legitimate heir to the lineage of American photography. We have also gathered thoughts on his work from a variety of commentators as well as the artist himself so that we may share Soth’s current perspective and the landscape which he sees from it.



Feature: Alec Soth’s Endless Journey

Latest Work: I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating
Alec Soth Interview Open Horizon

From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America
Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, Broken Manual, Songbook
Desire Lines: Reframing the American Road Trip Narrative
Text: Rebecca Bengal

Notes from the Road  Photos and Text: Alec Soth
Dreaming by the Mississippi  Text: Minami Aoyama
A Story of the Storyteller Laura Flammarion Interview

Dialogue Aec Soth and Michael Mack
Accessibility to the Greatest Books

Correspondence Tomo Kosuga ⇄ Alec Soth
Dialogue about Masahisa Fukase

Alec’s Works Photobooks, Education & Magazines

Source of Inspirations
10 Artists
John Cage, Alice Neel, Richard Long, Robert Adams, Wim Wenders, Augus Sander, Peter Hujar, Larry Sultan, Paul Graham, Chantal Akerman
20 American Photobooks


Ginza Maison Hermès by Daido Moriyama

Global Fashion × Photography from East Asia
English as a Second Language  Text: Shonagh Marshall

Quatre contes de Grimm

A Journey into Van Cleef & Arpels’ World of Brilliant Stories

Catch Up Global Photographic News
Step Out! vol.26 Miko Odaka
Collector’s Eye vol.3 Matthieu Nicole
How They Are Made vol.18 Hideyuki Ishibashi

Selected Articles

  • I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating

    I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating

    Soth’s latest series pursues the principles of portrait photography with an approach simpler than ever before. The issue also includes the original text of the poem THE GREY ROOM by Wallace Stevens, from which the new series title is quoted, accompanied by its Japanese translation.

  • From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America

    From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America

    Featured four important bodies of work that address America as a theme. Soth created four maps that shows where the pictures were taken. The maps show us a view of his journey that differs entirely from his photographs.

  • Correspondence Regarding Masahisa Fukase

    Correspondence Tomo Kosuga⇄ Alec Soth Dialogue about Masahisa Fukase

    Soth cites Fukase as one of his biggest influences. Through Soth’s correspondences with Tomo Kosuga, who is archiving Fukase’s photographic legacy for future generations, we identify the commonalities between Soth and Fukase.

  • Global Fashion × Photography from East Asia

    Global Fashion × Photography from East Asia

    As the world globalizes, diversity is intensified in fashion. Photographers of various cultural backgrounds, genders, and races are producing new aesthetic sensibilities through innovative images that reflect their unique roots and vision and destabilize conventional values.


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