The Auckland Project

Posted in Photobooks (general) by Alec Soth on September 22, 2010

In a recent interview in the Telegraph, I was asked whom I’d like to work with? My answer was as follows:

I’m a terrible collaborator. I’ve worked with someone I’ve idolized as a young photographer – John Gossage. I found the process nerve-wracking. So if I was going to collaborate again, I might have to wait a couple of decades until someone idolizes me.

Working alongside John was stressful, but it was also life changing. After learning so much from this master of the medium (and friend), I began the process of dismantling my career. My experience in Auckland got me away from large-format work and was the precursor for projects like ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Georgia and ‘The Loneliest Man in Missouri’.

I’m happy to announce that this work is now being published by Radius Books. Entitled The Auckland Project, the result is something quite unique. My contribution is a half-book, half-poster creation that functions as a dialog with John’s virtuosic book. The project is also being presented as a special edition with prints by Gossage and myself.

More info here.

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  1. Little Round Muskrat said, on September 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    What makes you think that I don’t idolize you?


  2. Doug said, on September 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I’m an Australian photographer – I’m in New Zealand doing some lectures. Really interested in the Auckland book but it’s crazy that Radius Books won’t deliver to NZ or Australia!!

    Looks like a great image project and photobook though – might need a friend in the US to send it on.



    • ivan said, on October 1, 2010 at 3:07 am

      you can buy it through amazon or photoeye

  3. benjamin j borley said, on September 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Hi Alec,

    Really excited by this one. Does Mr Gossage’s work it in pre-date his superb 32 Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon?



    • Little Round Muskrat said, on September 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

      Since Steidl took so long to do 32″, it is a year later at least for the shooting.


      • benjamin j borley said, on September 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

        Thanks, JG, now I’m even more excited about it than before!


  4. bob black said, on September 23, 2010 at 6:01 am

    love that damn shot with the stack of bricks by the porch window-door-cum-escape hatch….god i love that shot….hanging hangar too :))

    always loved ‘the most beautiful woman in georgia’ essay…especially when the pj magnum-fans pummeled it…thought, great, someone is bringing humour and delerium to the overly self-serious world of documentary big boys….:)))

    gotta run


    will sniff around for the book here :))

  5. alec said, on September 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Little Brown Muskrat is John Gossage!?! Be still my little beating heart-muscle!

    • Little Round Muskrat said, on September 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      Hey Alec,

      I don’t call you names!

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