32. The Last Days of W by Alec Soth, 2008

Photographer Alec Soth does a supremely articulate job at describing his 2008 series The Last Days of W that we decided to give you his introduction: "Having done so much work focused on America, I figured I ought to finally make my Big Political Commentary before—as W. says—the past is over. But during these last days of the administration, what is the point of protest, satire, or any other sort of rabble-rousing? Like the mother in Nebraska and just about every other American, mostly I feel worn out. So in assembling this collection of pictures, I suppose I'm not really trying to accomplish much at all. Rather, as President Bush himself once said, 'One of the great things about book is, sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.'"

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