Sweeping away the funereal haze
I love this post by Alec Soth, not only because it’s an honour that he writes about In this Dark Wood but also because of the wonderful connection (look at the covers!) to the other book, Everything Passes which I haven’t seen yet and indeed Wisconsin Death Trip (I always have to think of Paul Vanderbilt’s book using the same archive too, Between the Landscape and Its Other) but most of all because he sees these works are about the reader/viewer’s realization that these people “were once actually alive” — which is exactly it.
The post was triggered by the launch of the new edition of In this Dark Wood by J&L Books. It is on its way to distribution centers and will be available in shops soon. The book received another review by Tosh Berman recently and was also mentioned as #4 reason to visit the New York Art Book Fair by Jessie Wender from The New Yorker.
(the composite picture of the covers was done by Alec Soth)