Magnum Photographer Alec Soth Opens New Lecture Series

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The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School has selected Magnum photographer Alec Soth to deliver its inaugural Campus Conversations lecture. The new series brings experts in diverse fields to campus to share their insights and expertise with graduate students, the campus community, and the public.

Alec Soth’s work explores the rich and varied cultures of the American South and Midwest. His images are often created during road trips designed to explore the people and landscapes of suburban and rural communities. As Harry Ransom Center Academic Curator of Photography Dr. Steven Hoelscher explains, Soth’s work is “rooted in the distinctly American tradition of ‘on-the-road photography’ developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Stephen Shore.”

His images have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, to name a few.

As a member of Magnum Photos, Soth is part of a photographic co-operative founded in 1947 by four photographers -- Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour -- who were convinced that magazine journalism was not the only platform for photography. Magnum Photos was founded as an agency dedicated to representing those working on this platform -- photographers working as a hybrid of artist and reporter. The Magnum Photos collection, consisting of images created between the 1930s to 2004 and shot by more than 100 Magnum photographers, now resides at the Harry Ransom Center.

While on campus, Soth will join a graduate seminar taught by Hoelscher and Robert Abzug, run a day long master's class for graduate students, and participate in a three-day symposium on Magnum Photos at the Harry Ransom Center. 

The Campus Conversation presentation will be held on October 23, 2013 at 7 pm at the Belo Center for New Media and will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Support for the lecture was provided by the following divisions of the University of Texas at Austin: The Harry Ransom Center, the College of Communication, and the College of Liberal Arts.

September, 2013
by Meg Askey

Alec Soth: From Here to There
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Event Details
October 23, 2013 @ 7 pm
Belo Center for New Media
Auditorium, 2.106

Free & open to the public
Book signing follows event

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Graduate School, Harry Ransom Center, College of Liberal Arts, College of Communication



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