When I went to visit Alec Soth, he told me is that he often thinks about photography like he does about music. Sometimes you’re in the mood for soul, sometimes jazz, but everyone usually goes back most often to what they love the most. For him, our guest Mark Steinmetz is the ultimate singer / songwriter.

Many of the photographers that I’ve gone to speak with for this show have talked to me about the influence of Mark Steinmetz’ work, especially in the ways he photographs people. Look through any one of his books, from Summertime to South Central, and you’ll see why. He is the author of 12 monographs, he’s a Guggenheim fellow and his work is held in almost every major collection including the Met, Moma and The Whitney. 

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