This book consists of 35 large format photographs and a transcribed conversation between photographer Alec Soth and novelist Hanya Yanagihara. Starting with photographs, taken all across America and Northern Europe, Soth conveys a very subtle, relaxed feeling through the colour pallet of soft pinks bright blues and yellows and emotion within the portraits. ‘I know how furiously you heart is beating’, is a very personal glimpse into Soth’s interests and interactions, it throws you right into his work, ending the visual with a conversation, Soth is asked questions about his whole process and how he came about the new body of work. This book is valuable because it reveals the work of an American photographer explaining the technical and the theoretical elements within his work, Soth is easily understandable and has some very interesting perspectives. Although I would like to have seen more of his own text within the book, the photographs speak for themselves and some are quite remarkable. I also think that the limited amount of text creates a suspense of wanting to keep looking and decoding the work.
Alec Soth - I know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating - Sean Kelley Gallery - New York - March 21 – April 27, 2019