What Inspires Tabitha Soren?
The messiness and unpredictability of life are central to Tabitha's portraits, a matter she documents with equal sensitivity, scrutiny and awe. Tabitha is famously concerned with what human beings can overcome, a fact that convinced The New York Times Magazine to commission her to shoot the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many of her works also explore and reiterate the many struggles we experience within our heads. The figurative series Surface Tension, for example, endeavours to expose the impact of technological dominion on the human spirit. Focusing on touch and texture, particularly the fingerprints we leave behind, the photographer intervenes with the cold and disembodied relationships we conduct with our digital devices.
Exhibitions & Projects
You can find Tabitha's photographs in many private and public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, Harvard Art Museums, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum of Photography, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others. Her first monograph, Fantasy Life, was published by Aperture Books in 2017. Tabitha's book, Surface Tension, was released with RVB Books, Paris.