Friday Filmstrip: Glass Jars by Alec Soth

Posted in LBM A/V by LBM on December 18, 2009

We are happy to announce the LBM A/V Department. After a week of books and mushrooms, it’s nice to turn down the lights, kick back, and watch a little slideshow.

Our first strip is Alec Soth’s Glass Jars:

You can also see this film a little bit larger at our LBM A/V host.

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  1. August Kryger said, on December 18, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Beautifully simple story. Seeing the abandoned places in context with the news broadcasts made it very effective.

  2. Jimmy Fountain said, on December 18, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Nice. I really liked the addition of just a little bit of motion video to the slide show format. What’s the song near the end?

  3. erin*carly said, on December 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Wow, that’s beautiful. I love the pacing between locations and the simple little pieces of motion. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Alec Soth said, on December 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Sorry, don’t know the song.

  5. tread said, on December 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    a brilliant piece of storytelling Mr. Soth. Captivating and er, excuse the pun, jarring.

  6. vebahood said, on December 21, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Nice ‘La Jetée’ touch with the motion…

  7. Eric said, on December 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Stimulating work Alex.

  8. Mark Sink said, on December 22, 2009 at 8:50 am

    cool new media .. inspiring

  9. niffer said, on December 22, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    very subtle and more than a little sad… i like it. it’s similar to your photography.

  10. Bob Hirsch said, on December 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Alex, Someone told me of your interest in jars. I have some extra somes.
    See: World In A Jar: War and Trauma

  11. wrobertangell said, on December 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    hi alec,
    glad your blogging again.

  12. catherine pri said, on December 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

  13. Darrell Eager said, on December 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Funny. Nice photo’s.

  14. Junior said, on January 1, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Photography as fetish. Journalism as self-righteous. I like the blog and the books it showcases but this is just exploitation. No real insights. Just tripped up black and white snaps. But maybe I’m wrong. It’s an horrific story. Why would you try turn it into a cool looking thing? If as it seems to be as much about you (with all the references to ‘I”) maybe it needs to be a bit more self revealing?

  15. bob black said, on January 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    hey alec

    ironically, just finished re-watching la jetee (as my wife left of nye for paris/moskva)…anyway…..

    more like sans pots de verre ;))….

    love the final minute…and of course, the dear carcus (whose hanging body does arch like the hero at the end of jetee)….

    welcome back to blog/ing….

    i left a comment prior, but it fanished (under the mountain haiku book post)

    happy nye


  16. jacksonducasse said, on January 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    that was real interesting in the way that your small investigation revealed the extent to which the media mislead and exploits the public perception of events. I read about this story in a British Paper and found it disturbing at the time without really questioning any facets of the story. I guess we hear of so many stories like this that we fail to question the motivations of the media in exciting a response from the the public.

    An inspiring approach!

  17. Rachel Wolfe said, on September 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Completely alone and loved by all. Experiments like these are endearingly investigative. I feel I can relate, but we can never be loved by all. There is every reason (evidence in this work and all your works) to have love for yourself and your work be enough-the rest of the adoration is just bonus.

    I’m glad you are doing what you do. The world is a better place because of it, and I have hope…for…me? the world? I’m not sure, but I get a good feeling. Thank you.

  18. George Waud said, on January 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    This is terrifically well executed.

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