Scot Sothern

b. 1949

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Scot Sothern’s portraits and stories especially humanize women who trade sex for money, shining a bright light on a diverse and marginalized population many would prefer remain in the shadows.

About Scot Sothern

Scot Sothern (born 1949) spent forty unsettled years hustling freelance photography. Scot worked in department stores, churches, bowling alleys, sports events and high school proms. He worked in a cave at a tourist-trap in Missouri, making and selling photo mementos. Traveling with a portable studio, knocking door-to-door in suburban America, he made and sold children’s portraits and novelties–photo buttons and key-chain viewers. Scot shot model’s portfolios, head-shots, and nude magazine layouts. He spent three years in Tallahassee, Florida, with a photography studio, three seasons with a high school yearbook studio in Los Angeles, and has been employed in three different cities as a darkroom technician.

In 1983, in Saudi Arabia, Scot made industrial training films and photographed the disappearing Bedouin tribes. He worked as an optical camera operator in Los Angeles and New York City. Scot photo-illustrated a series of magazine stories including Shopping For God: Religious Cults in America. These essays were represented by both the Black Star and Onyx Photo agencies and published worldwide.

Forced into commercial retirement by the crippling byproduct of a motorcycle mishap, Scot now writes books and has continued making photographs. In 2010 Scot’s first solo exhibit, LOWLIFE, was at the Drkrm Gallery in Los Angeles.
In 2011 Lowlife, the book, photos and text, was published in the UK by Stanley Barker. Scot has since been in solo and group shows on both coasts of the US as well as Ottawa, Canada, and London. His work has been reviewed and lauded in the US and in numerous publications throughout Europe.

Scot’s memoir, CURB SERVICE was published by Soft Skull Press, July, 2013.

An American Lowlife, a digital photo book was published, by Powerhouse BOOKS, in July, 2013.

Scot Sothern CV

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Lowlife: 1985 – 1991, Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York, NY

2013
A New Low, drkrm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012
Scot Sothern / Lowlife, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Lowlife, Great Eastern Bear, London

2010
Lowlife – Photographs and Literary Vignette, drkrm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Photo LA, Lowlife and a New Low, drkrm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013
Art Dorks Collective, Space Eight Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
Post Coital, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Subversive Narratives, Balzer ART Projects, Basel

2012
Explicit Contact, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

2011
Street Life, drkrm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Capital Crime, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2010
Framed Stories, New Puppy Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992
The Sex Show, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

1991
Rated X, Marge Neikrug Gallery, New York, NY

PUBLICATIONS

2014
Sad City, Straylight Press, Ottowa, Canada
Sothern Exposure, VICE Magazine, New York, NY

2013
Curb Service – A Memoir, Soft Skull Press, Berkeley, CA
Nocturnal Submissions, VICE Magazine, New York, NY

2012
Mono, Gomma Magazine and Dnatch Publishing, London

2011
Lowlife – Photographs & Literary Vignettes, Stanley Barker Books, London

2011–
Lowlife photographs, Antique Children – A Mischievous Literary Arts Journal Quarterly Issue: Revolt Of The Underdogs, December 2013
Interview and Photographs, One Giant Arm, Internet Magazine, UK
INTERVIEW and Photographs, Gomma Internet Magazine, UK

2010
The Cake In The Rain, photography & text, American Suburb X
Interview – Kittysneezes.com