"This dark view provided by the creator of these narratives depicting social and sexual expectations and transgressions gives us a visual and mental jolt and quite an impetus for thought and discussion. It is my hope that this book, which is a creative approach to a serious set of problems, will generate lively discussions and contribute to desired solutions." Gerhard Clausing - PhotoBook Journal - March 1, 2019


PhotoBook Journal -March 1, 2019
Review by Gerhard Clausing

February, 2016 

Get Down Town
February 10, 2016

L'Oeil de la Photographic
SAD CITY, the Book
November 24, 2015  

L'Oeil de la Photographic
Scot Sothern & Muir Vidler : The Way You See ItA la Mindy Solomon Gallery
November 5, 2015

REVIEW - Collector Daily - Scot Sothern, Lowlife at Daniel Coney Gallery, Jan 28, 2015.

 Miami Herald - December 1, 2015
Mindy Solomon is one of the first contemporary galleries to have moved into the developing arts area of Little Haiti/Little River, opening in September. Her Art Basel exhibit is a particularly strong photography show, with the work of Scot Sothern leaving the most searing portraiture.
Sothern himself could be the focus of the camera for much of his eclectic, nomadic life, hustling his photography on the Los Angeles streets for 40 years until an L.A. gallery gave him a show in 2010 titled “LOWLIFE.” His career then took off.
That’s a hint as to what his favorite subject matter is: the underclass that we turn our eyes from, those people who sleep on sidewalks and hawk their wares from seedy hotel rooms and street corners. What makes the images so visceral is that Sothern is not just an observer, he knows this hard-scrabble life. Currently, he writes a column for Vice magazine.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article47393270.html#storylink=cpy

October 13th, 2015
scot sothern at GUP

L'Oeil de la Photographic
Scot Sothern - Than & Now
L'Oeil de la Photographie Profile

Animal - Online Magazine
September 12, 2012 
I Shouldn't Have Shot That 

AMERICAN SUBURB X – March, 2010 - The Cake In The Rain, Illustrated short story

ANTIQUE CHILDREN; A Mischievous Literary Arts Journal
Quarterly Issue: Revolt Of The Underdogs. May, 2011
Photos and Literary Vignettes from LOWLIFE, the book.

Photographers on Photographers: Connecting Then to Now by Scot Sothern
Fototazo, Connecting Then To Now
 ANIMAL Online Magazine - May 2012 
I Should Have Shot That
I Should Have Shot That


Barry W Hughes
Lowlife: The Great American Other
originally published in HotShoe magazine, issue 178, 2012

November 2011
LOWLIFE, Review by Diane Smyth


October 2011
LOWLIFE, Review by Miranda Gavin


November 17, 2011   
FRAMEWORK by Kathy M.Y. Pyon
 “Lowlife,” the work of Scot Sothern. Do not take your kids to this. This work is graphic and immediately raw. It is cynical and dangerous and says so much in such condensed landscape. Sothern immersed headfirst into this sliver of the population unlike most people could never imagine, as a patron, and made photographs with a level of exclusive access that is bold and a little hard to comprehend. The stories behind each image presented weaves in a tremendous amount of texture and background. I particularly liked the brief descriptions but wished they were presented a little better.  The tales oozed so much power to the imagery.

December 2011
LOWLIFE, Review by Colin Pantall
PhotoEye Lowlife Review

ART TACO, Online
April 28, 2012
Explicit Content, Review 

Sex Slaves and Prostitutes At La Petite Mort
September 6, 2012


"Scot Sothern has bravely and empathetically entered a hidden world of humanity. A place where the human condition bares itself on all levels. This penetrating book of photographs and text will haunt and challenge the viewer."
-Roger Ballen
"Scot Sothern’s “Streetwalkers” is a work of such phenomenal vision, fearless commitment and sheer physical immersion that no reader who joins the author on his plunge into the low-end psycho-sexual wilds of Tijuana and Los Angeles will emerge unaffected. Few authors have the nerve - or the unvarnished demented need —  to put themselves in the places Sothern goes. More than a book, Streetwalkers is a riveting, one-of-a-kind journey to the heart of civilization’s darkest desires. An absolutely amazing and essential book."
-Jerry Stahl
"The visceral photographs and stories of Scot Sothern’s compelling STREETWALKERS reveal the loneliness of desire and the hopefulness of despair. This is raw life without filter, unsentimental, unsparing, brutally beautiful."
- Tara Ison, author of BALL 
“Scot Sothern has taken his camera into a world that only a microscopic fraction of the human population knows exists. Sothern is not a mere voyeur, he wades deeply into zones most never will and renders his subjects with dignity and compassion. Lowlife is a moving and compelling piece of work.”
-Henry Rollins 7/26/11
"Lowlife is brutal stuff.  A vicious slice of the American pie.  A camera lucida of la bas, as the French say.  It doesn't get much further down and straight to the being than this.
A cautionary series of tales that's seguro.
-Barry Gifford


"Scot Sothern is the real thing. This is damn good writing." 
- Dan Fante 
... a masterful memoir, full of truth-telling, ugliness, beauty, tragedy, and humor. Curb Service is brave, funny, and heartwarming in ways you can't see coming.” 
—Bill Fitzhugh, author of Pest Control

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