In 2002, Tabitha Soren first began photographing a group of minor league draft picks for the Oakland A’s—young men coming into the major league farm system straight from high school or college. Since then, she has followed the players through their baseball lives, an alternate reality of long bus rides, on-field injuries, friendships and marriages entered and exited, constant motion, and very hard work, often for very little return. Some of the subjects, like Nick Swisher and Joe Blanton, have gone on to become well-known, respected players at the highest level of the game. Some left baseball to pursue other lines of work, such as selling insurance and coal mining. Others have struggled with poverty and even homelessness.
Fifteen years after that first shoot, Soren's series and book Fantasy Life provides a selection of these stories, gathering together a richly textured series of photographs taken on the field and behind the scenes at games, along with commentaries by each of the players and memorabilia from their lives.
This talk is presented in conjunction with America's Favorite Pastime, a series of twelve baseball films on screen at the Dryden Theatre throughout July and August.
Book signing to follow.
Image: Tabitha Soren (American, b. 1967). Division Championship, 2014. From the series Fantasy Life. Pigment Print. Courtesy of the artist. © Tabitha Soren