One of my "new favorite photographers" is Alec Soth. I really don't know anything about him; I saw a few wonderful photographs of dogs and that was enough to put him in a special category. I've picked up a few more bits of information about him here and there, but at the moment I don't really want to know a whole lot more. I don't want to see all the work at once, don't want to know all there is to know. I want to keep encountering the work here and there, maybe imagining that there is more of it than there is.
A sustained encounter in this respect is the Magnum in Motion presentation of Soth's new Niagara work. Curiously, there's a connection to next Tuesday's #9 picture in my T.O.P. ten. (I didn't know that when I picked it.)
Watch out for the unfortunate hyper-saturation in the Magnum show. But a slide show with the artist's voiceover is a nice way to encounter pictures. Being able to experience a little home version of that is one of the felicities of the web.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON