House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar
House of Coates

Photographs: Lester B. Morrison (Alec Soth)

Text: Brad Zellar

Publisher: Little Brown Mushroom

118 pages

Pictures: 68

Year: 2012

Comments: Spiral bound. 220 x 170 mm. First edition, 2012. Text in english. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Brand new.

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In House of Coates, writer Brad Zellar pieces together the story of legendary recluse Lester B. Morrison. Working from a handful of encounters and contradictory conversations, a sketchy paper trail and often confounding interviews with individuals who may or may not have been “associates” of Morrison (including Morrison’s former collaborator Alec Soth), Zellar attempts to reconstruct one episode from Morrison’s decidedly episodic life.

In the winter of 2011, Zellar finally crossed paths with his evasive subject, and was –with Morrison’s permission– granted access to the results of an MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test that Morrison submitted to in August of 2009, along with the administrating psychiatrist’s copious notes. Finally, in late December of last year, Zellar received in the mail a duct-taped shoebox –marked “PERISHABLE”– containing almost two hundred photographs that Morrison termed “disposable documents of the approximate period in question.”

From these raw materials designer Hans Seeger has assembled a book that Morrison himself has pronounced, “Probably close enough to what might or might not have happened, and that’s as much as I’ve learned to expect from the so-called ‘real world.’”



Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

Alec Soth & Brad Zellar,House of Coates

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