This is the catalog to Soth's Walker retrospective.
It has a fairly radical design cover, (which I kind of like) and a heavy designers hand throughout. Why? - well it strikes me that Mr Soths embrace of design novelty in this and the preceding book 'Broken Manual' is a clear attempt to shake things up for himself, and break out of the 'Son-of-Sternfeld' role that he occupied, with all those nicely printed Steidl photo-books done with his 8x10" camera. In some ways good for him to try this breakout, in others its a shame to see someone forcing good photography into hollowed out books, or using faux identities - is Lester B Morrison for real? - to stoke up some interest in the work, or at least the atmosphere of hip irreverence. Surely better to have powerful new work do the convincing?
On the whole it's a good catalog, that's worth getting. Soth is definitely a hard working and sincere photographer, and there's some smart texts by interesting writers, marred only by persnickety little blog entries e.g. bitching about photo-books with America/American in the title, but then, my goodness - this book is sub-titled "Alec Soth's America" - right there on the cover. Sweet irony.