Monday, April 21, 2008

Alec Soth-Jeu de Paume

On view at the Jeu de Paume is an exhibition of photographs by Alec Soth, a New York based photographer, who joined Magnum in 2004. The show is titled "L'espace entre nous," and it presents selected images from recent series of work including "Sleeping by the Mississippi," (2004) "Niagra,"(2006) and selected images from his ongoing "Portraits," which capture the beautiful, sentimental (But not in a kitchy way), honest and colorful face of America. The photographs are documentary-he travels frequently around the country and asks people to take their picture. Other series on view are Dog Days in Bogota,"(2007), an hommage to the Colombian capital for his newly adopted daughter who was born there, and a series of photographs developed in 2007 for Fashion Magazine, which include shots of Karl Lagerfeld and other fashion types. It's an engaging and thoughtful presentation of images.

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