Author(s): Alec Soth
In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut monograph 'Sleeping by the Mississippi', Alec Soth turned his eye to another iconic body of water, Niagara Falls. As with his photographs of the Mississippi, Soth?s pictures of Niagara are less about natural wonder than human desire. ?I went to Niagara for the same reason as the honeymooners and suicide jumpers,? says Soth, ?the relentless thunder of the Falls just calls for big passion.? Working over the course of two years on both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls using a large-format 8x10 camera, the photographs are rigorously composed and richly detailed. Soth depicts newlyweds and naked lovers, motel parking lots and pawn shop wedding rings. Throughout the book, Soth has interspersed a number of love letters from the subjects he photographed.