Birthday Book, part 4 (Slot Catalogue)

Posted in Photobooks (general) by Alec Soth on January 11, 2010

I recently described the making of my Las Vegas Birthday Book (and sculpture). Soon after I traded it away to the rare book dealer, Harper Levine. My timing was excellent as Harper was just beginning his Annual Book Sale (ends this Thursday, January 14th).

For poetic reasons, the key book I acquired was a 1940’s trade catalogue by a slot machine manufacturer. What I like about the book is the way the machine workers look like weary gamblers while the company owners resemble casino fat cats.

I left Vegas feeling like one of those tired machinists. But back home with new books, I’m starting to feel like Steve Wynn.

More images of the casino book here.

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  1. jonballphoto said, on January 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Love this book. Definitely a great find! Love the blog and ideas presented in it.

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