In this PBS NewsHour video, photographer Alec Soth talks about overcoming shyness to develop a knack for approaching strangers and freeze chilling moments of contemporary American life on film. Soth introduces us to his large-format camera at his studio and then walks us through his 2010 survey show at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, which included his projects Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, 33 Movie Theaters and a Funeral Home, and Broken Manual. The last body of work, Broken Manual, is currently on view at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York and available in a new Steidl monograph. It explores a dream that many people possess but few actually follow: the desire to totally disappear.
View the video below.