Coincides with four solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Berlin.
Taking its name from a line in the Wallace Stevens’ poem “The Gray
Room,” Alec Soth’s latest book is a lyrical exploration of the
limitations of photographic representation. While these large-format
color photographs are made all over the world, they aren’t about any
particular place or population. By a process of intimate and
often extended engagement, Soth’s portraits and images of his subject’s
surroundings involve an enquiry into the extent to which a photographic
likeness can depict more than the outer surface of an individual, and
perhaps even plumb the depths of something unknowable about both the
sitter and the photographer.