“Portraits From a Job-Starved City” by Alec Soth

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With the current crisis, some locations in the USA are affected with higher unemployment than others. This is the case for Rockford, Ill with unemployment reaching 16%. Alec Soth portrayed a number of people from Rockford with the images are accompanied by audio where the subjects describe their relation to their jobs and the current crisis. More about the project can be read at the blog LENS from the NYT. The series is part of an article at the last Magazine issue of the New York Times, and it is most interesting for its sociological survey than the pictures themselves. It is intriguing that some subjects look at the camera while others look distant. I wonder if the poses were decided by Alec or it is a reflection of their personalities.