“Nick. Los Angeles,” 2017 © Alec Soth / Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
“Nick. Los Angeles,” 2017 © Alec Soth / Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

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Through April 27Sean Kelly presents “I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating,” Alec Soth’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. It includes recent large-scale color portraits and images of interiors, focusing on Soth’s depiction of the individual and posing questions about what these images reveal about both the sitter and photographer.

A conversation between Soth and photography critic Vince Aletti, followed by a book signing, will take place at Sean Kelly, New York, on April 4 at 6-8pm.

Celebrated as one of the most important US photographers working today, Soth is known for iconic photographs concentrating on the people and landscapes of suburban and rural communities, often taken during road trips throughout Middle America. In contrast, this new body of work was produced after an extended hiatus during which the artist stopped traveling and photographing to reflect upon and reconsider his creative process.

Unlike previous series, which offer a more documentary account of particular locations or individuals, Soth’s new body of work is far more personal. He explains, “When I returned to photography, I wanted to strip the medium down to its primary elements. Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking at other people and, hopefully, glimpse their interior life.” Over the course of one year Soth photographed individuals in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Eastern Europe. All of the pictures are portraits of subjects taken in their own homes or interior spaces.