18. Alec Soth
There is always something wonderfully unspectacular about Soth's photographs—which isn't to say they aren't interesting or captivating, because they often are. He and his camera have traveled from Bogota, Colombia to Niagara Falls (and lots of places in between). Soth has an eye for a place with character. His photo stories create narratives of places that are simultaneously dreary and dreamy. We should also note Soth's creative book-making endeavor, which explores the format of the the book as a medium.
Above: Two Towels, 2004