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

1 comment:

  1. Really great. Fresh take on tired subject matter.
    Push that envelope.