Selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Adam Bell, Aaron Schuman and Shane Lavalette
Alec Soth‘s photobook “Looking for Love, 1996“, including his photo series of the same name, looks back to the time of the beginning, the time when everything is still open and exciting, when everything gently falls into place. It‘s the phase of the beginning that forms the basis not only of a new love, but also of each new photographic project. It‘s a book about searching, about the curious and intuitive approach to people and their stories. About falling in love to a medium that opens insights to worlds that would otherwise stay hidden – intensive and haunting like an interminable night at the bar.
"A beautiful, retrospective elegy to both a young man's — and a young photographer's — yearning, confusion, frustration and loneliness, as well as to the recognition of how one's inner-most emotions can seep into one's work and transpose themselves onto the wider world through the photographic medium alone." - Aaron Schuman
This book is clearly for aficionados. Soth, working the room, flirting with photographic history. At its best, Looking for Love uses familiar language to extract from social spaces and empty landscapes, dark mirrors of longing, triumph and insecurity. – David Moore