...The hardest thing being to make it in your home town. A short video about Alec's new show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, from PBS Newshour.
(This is a screen shot; you have to click on the link to see the video. I hope it's available outside the U.S., but I don't know.)
Note a few things: his workspaces; the amount of work he has; and the form it's in (prints, some big).
He also gets the gestalt of the view camera..."My favorite thing about it is actually looking through it." There are a lot of great things about photography c. 2010, but one of the sad things is that so few photographers today have ever seen a lens image on the ground glass of a view camera.
(Thanks to John S. Krill)
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Featured Comment by Josh Hawkins: "I think my iPhone has an app that reproduces the look of 8x10 ground glass."
Featured Comment by HT: "I've seen the show at the Walker and I'm a sad to report that the physical conditions of the exhibit itself are somewhat maddening. As you can see from the video, the Walker's walls are white and the lighting is quite bright which results in a heavy reflection when you're looking at the photographs behind glass. This is very apparent at 4:16 in the video when Soth's reflection is clearly visible. I'm not exactly a museum connoisseur but I don't recall ever seeing this issue (or at least to this extent) at other photography exhibits at different museums."
Featured Comment by John Krill: "Speaking of the first time viewing through a ground glass, there is an article at The Digital Journalist in which David Burnett tells of his experience using a Speed Graphic on the bus with John Kerry in 2003. It makes for interesting reading. It's not mentioned there but David did say that he had never used a Speed Graphic before. That got a good laugh from me. For David and I are almost the same age and I've used a Speed Graphic since high school."
Featured Comment by Ken Tanaka: "Whether or not you enjoy Alec's work you should know that he loves photography. All of his recent promotion and becoming 'Gagosian-ed' are secondary distractions to the real pleasure he gets from making photos. I've met few people as engaged with the camera as he seems to be."
Featured Comment by Richard de Lhorbe: "That's why I still use a wooden 4x5 field camera...I just really enjoy the whole completely manual process of using it, and I like 'sensing' the composition while it is upside down and reversed on the ground glass."