Alex Soth was commissioned to produce work for this fall’s Martin Parr-curated Brighton Photo Biennial but was denied permission to work in the UK by customs officials. The Guardian has the rest of the tale and Soth’s inventive way around the restrictions: curating a show of his seven-year-old daughter’s photographs of Brighton. Cool!
Father and daughter strolled around the town for a few hours each day. “For the first couple of days, I didn’t say much, I just watched her point at this and that,” says Soth. Carmen photographed rubbish on the beach, other pedestrians, postcards on racks and the ground, often with her own sparkly red shoes in shot. But after a while, she ran out of steam. So she and Soth decided on certain subjects to look for, among them pushchairs and balloons, and the project started to take shape.
“I liked photographing dogs best of all,” says Carmen. “I preferred garbage to people, but Dad said I should photograph them. Sometimes it was hard as they were walking quite fast.”