Alec Soth quotes

  • If you want to be a creative person, then you’re gonna have to be creative in how you put your career together. There isn’t a path. Part of the creativity is making your path.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Creativity #Careers #Creative

  • Photography's future is infinite and bright. It's growing exponentially, so that's great, but for me as a practitioner, that exponential growth makes it even more problematic. And so for me, it's got me more engaged with storytelling.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Photography #Growth #Growing

  • I fell in love with the process of taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Kind #Taking Pictures #Process

  • Watching my daughter sort of live in this world where a photograph is not something to keep a memory. It's something to just speak with. It's language.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Daughter #Memories #World

  • Photography is a very lonely medium. There’s a kind of beautiful loneliness in voyeurism. And that’s why I’m a photographer.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Beautiful #Photography #Lonely

  • I didn't want to pretend to be a conceptual artist that charges $10,000 for an experience. It's just not what I am. I'm a photographer and I make prints. And people buy a print, and I understand that. But I'm uncomfortable with buying an experience.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Artist #People #Want

  • Whether you are Minor White or Robert Frank, almost every photograph starts with an act of pure description - a window. But every now and then you catch a glimpse of the photographer's reflection. The mirror is just another function of the window.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Reflection #Mirrors #White

  • I'm a project-based photographer; I think in narrative terms, the way a writer thinks of a book, or a filmmaker a film.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Book #Thinking #Narrative

  • Nobody really wants to be alone. People need people.
    -- Alec Soth

    #People #Needs #Want

  • The people that I photographed allowed me to photograph them because they didn't want to be alone, and the truth is I didn't want to be alone making the pictures.
    -- Alec Soth

    #People #Want #Truth Is

  • I'm like the annoying guy in the street.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Guy #Annoying #Streets

  • The reason I often say, for me, photography is analogous to poetry, for my kind of work more so than journalism, is because it's so open to interpretation. And I'm very happy having different interpretations of it.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Photography #Different #Journalism

  • For me, photography is as much about the way I respond to the subject as it is about the subject itself.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Photography #Way #Subjects

  • In assembling this group of portraits of women, I'm aware that I'm treading on dangerous ground. When I was in college, I learned to be distrustful of men's depictions of women. I remember seeing Garry Winogrand's book Women Are Beautiful in the school library and being shocked that it hadn't been defaced for its blatant objectification of women. But looking back, maybe I was too harsh. Whether one photographs men or women, it is always a form of objectification. Whatever you say about Winogrand, his depiction was honest.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Beautiful #Book #School

  • For me, the act of photography is all about discovery and finding new things.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Photography #Discovery #Findings

  • This is the same problem I have with digital photography. The potential is always remarkable. But the medium never settles. Each year there is a better camera to buy and new software to download. The user never has time to become comfortable with the tool. Consequently too much of the work is merely about the technology. The HDR and QTVR fads are good examples. Instead of focusing on the subject, users obsess over RAW conversion, Photoshop plug-ins, and on and on. For good work to develop the technology needs to become as stable and functional as a typewriter.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Photography #Technology #Typewriters

  • If limitation spawns creativity, is the limitless resource of the Internet a good thing?
    -- Alec Soth

    #Creativity #Internet #Limitless

  • For good work to develop the technology needs to become as stable and functional as a typewriter.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Technology #Typewriters #Needs

  • I always say that photography's closest cousin is poetry because of the way it sparks your imagination and leaves gaps for the viewer to fill in.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Photography #Cousin #Imagination

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