LBM collaborators

Posted in Flotsam by Alec Soth on August 30, 2010

Photographing outside of Steve LaFontaine’s home in Northwest Arkansas, 2007

This week I begin installing my exhibition at the Walker Art Center. I can’t wait to see my new project, Broken Manual, on the walls. I’ve been at work on this beast since 2006.  I’ve photographed from Georgia to Alaska and just about everywhere in between. Along the way I’ve met some wonderful people. These folks are not just the ‘subjects’ of my photographs. In many cases they are true collaborators. It has been so gratifying to be in touch with two of these collaborators this week as I finally prepare our work.

  • The Arkansas Cajun, Steve LaFontaine. In the process of photographing hermits, monks, survivalists and so on, I’ve met a lot of sad men. But Steve isn’t one of them. Steve lives his life with fierce conviction. He’s a lean and mean renegade, but that doesn’t prevent him from also being a really great guy. I was so touched by this recent blog post by Steve.
  • Lester B. Morrison. Brother Les has been a collaborator for a number of years. A lot of you know him from this blog, but Les doesn’t get out and about much. So it was so great when he agreed to show up for his opening at the Soap Factory last Saturday night. There are picture of Lester here and here.

Stay tuned for details on my collaboration with Lester, Broken Manual (which includes a portrait of Steve LaFontaine). In the meantime, you can purchase a new trio of zines by Lester here – but act fast, 1/4 of them are already sold.


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  1. it's a me said, on August 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    the photos of les wouldn’t display for me.

  2. Tim J. Veling said, on August 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Hey Alec,

    I’m really looking forward to seeing your new work. I have been thinking a lot about how amazing it would be to live a working life like you seem to. Now, reading Steve’s blog post, I’m really envious. What I love about the photography process is not so much the final results, but more the people it affords me to meet. While I admire your images and back catalogue very, very much, I’m most drawn to the stories behind and how you were able to make them.

    Off topic; my browser won’t let me purchase Lester’s books. It says the shop site is infected with malware. Any ideas?

    Good luck with everything!


  3. LBM said, on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Frickin’ Spammers are after us….we’re working on changing servers….

    It appears that Chrome is detecting the malware, you can try another browser. Otherwise, we’ll hopefully have this solved soon.

    Thanks for your patience….

  4. arkansascajun said, on August 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

    that must be why your email is no longer valid too. my last email came back undeliverable. I didn’t notice your email addy in our last flurry of emails. I do NOT save emails so I don’t have any other way to communicate with you. please send valid email. thanks.

  5. LBM said, on August 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    We changed server/hosts today and there were the the inevitable bumps in the road. But we should be back in action. Thanks for your patience.

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