Black Line of Woods comprises twelve large archival pigment prints that explore spiritual and hermetic life in the rural South. The work of the American photographer Alec Soth, these prints are part of the Picturing the South commission by the High Museum of Art.
Sothís suite of photographs travels through Southern backwoods, capturing flora, fauna and an unusual cast of characters living outside mainstream society in the Deep South. For this commission Soth traveled extensively throughout the South to photograph landscapes, manmade structures (tree houses, forts, cabins and tents) and people who choose to live on the outskirts of organized society (hermits, monks, campers and survivalists). Sothís series was inspired by the writings of Flannery OíConnor, the Georgian writer whose Southern Gothic style explored social issues and revealed the cultural character of the American South. Like OíConnorís stories, Sothís photographs combine warmth and insight with narrative elements that convey the unique spirit of the region.
Born in 1969, Alec Soth is a photographer currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of several major fellowships from the McKnight, Jerome and Bush Foundations and was awarded the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work is represented in several major public and private collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Soth is a member of Magnum Photos.
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