American photographer Alec Soth likes to shine a light on oblivion, and so far it’s worked well for him. In Sleeping by the Mississippi (2002), Soth was already interested in the lonely souls wandering the banks of that legendary river. Later, in Broken Manual (2010), he photographed hermits and runaways who had chosen to reject society. For his latest publication, Songbook (Mack), Soth is attempting to revive America’s lost sense of community at a time when new technologies and social networks have created a new form of isolation.
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