THE AUCKLAND PROJECT: by Alec Soth & John Gossage (SIGNED by both photographers)
Radius Books, 2009, First edition, 160 pp., 9" X 11 1/2", 2 Hardcover volumes in vinyl slipcase
Fine (SIGNED by Soth and Gossage)
In the Spring of 2009, John Gossage and Alec Soth traveled together to New Zealand to work on a joint photography project. For both, it was a trip of departures. Gossage has been creating photographic literature in black-and-white for over forty years, and this trip yielded one of the first bodies of work he had ever produced in color. Soth’s work with the 8 × 10 view camera has inspired an entire generation of contemporaries, and leaving it behind was key to approaching the world from a fresh visual perspective. The results represent a major shift of vision for these two vastly important American photographers.
This publication represents the culmination of that trip. Essentially two books in one, The Auckland Project showcases a playful attention to materials and presentation that marks all Radius Books projects. Unlike 2007’s Obvious & Ordinary in which Martin Parr (in his signature color) and John Gossage (using black-and-white) published the results of a road-trip across the American South, this volume presents the two photographers’ work separately, creatively combined through the device of the book and its housing.