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Words & Photographs by Scot Sothern

8.25" x 10.75 64 pages
Softcover Perfect bound $25

Against the backdrop of unsalvageable hope, 'A New Low' immerses the viewer in the poignant narratives of sex workers. Sothern's images, vivid and intense, expose the raw angst of humanity, unveiling a spectrum of emotions within the glorious, gloomy wretchedness that defines their lives. Much like a despondent prophet, Sothern meanders through these urban tableaus, each frame telling a story that goes beyond the surface, delving into the complexities of existence on the fringe.

The marriage of photographs and words adds a layered richness to the narrative, as Sothern's prose amplifies the impact of the visuals. The short tales provide a glimpse into the lives of these individuals, creating a powerful synergy that demands the viewer's attention. As we navigate the stunningly bleak landscapes, we are confronted with the faces of our mothers, lovers, sisters, and daughters—real people with real stories, challenging societal perceptions and inviting empathy.

'A New Low' stands as an essential and provocative addition to Sothern's oeuvre, a continuation of his fearless exploration of the human condition. The book not only captures the essence of its predecessor, 'Lowlife,' but elevates the conversation, pushing boundaries and inviting viewers to confront the uncomfortable truths that lie at the heart of the streets. With its intense colors, powerful narratives, and unapologetic portrayal of life, this photo book becomes an indispensable chapter in the artist's evolving and thought-provoking body of work, leaving an indelible mark on those who dare to engage with its profound and provocative imagery."

Other drkrm books by Scot Sothern


(2010 exhibition catalog)