Alec Soth. From 'Broken Manual, The Arkansas Cajun’s Backup Bunker', 2007 © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

Desert Island Pics: Alec Soth

Barbican Centre, London
Thursday 3 May 2018, 7pm - 8.30pm
(priority booking for Photoworks Members
opens Wednesday 28 March)

Which eight photographs would you take to a desert island?

As part of a long-running touring series of Photoworks talks, loosely following the format of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, acclaimed Magnum photographer, Alec Soth, reveals the eight photographs he would take with him to a desert island.

Soth will discuss his choices with host Stephen Bull and explore how his choices reflect his life and career.

Thursday 3 May 2018, 7pm – 8.30pm
Frobisher Auditorium 2
Barbican Centre, London

Standard Tickets £10
Photoworks Members £8 (Max 2 discounted tickets per Member)

Priority Booking: from 10am Wednesday 28 March open to Photoworks Members and Barbican Members
(Photoworks Members should check their inboxes for details of how to access priority/discount tickets)

General Booking: open from 10am Saturday 31 March

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About Alec Soth 

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), NIAGARA (2006) Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2015). Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organised by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, LOOCK Galerie in Berlin and is a member of Magnum Photos.

Work from Soth’s series Broken Manual (2006–10) features in the Barbican exhibition Another Kind Of Life: Photography on the Margins.

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins
Barbican Gallery, London
until 27 May 2018

regular hours: Sat-Weds 10am-6pm, Thu-Fri 10am-9pm
bank holidays: Sat-Weds 12pm-6pm, Thu-Fri 12pm-9pm

standard tickets £13.50
see Barbican website for concessionary prices

Special Offer for Photoworks Members
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Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of twenty photographers from the 1950s to the present day.

Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens.

Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change. From street photography to portraiture, vernacular albums to documentary reportage, the show includes the Casa Susanna Collection, Paz Errázuriz, Pieter Hugo, Mary Ellen Mark and Dayanita Singh.

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