"I sometimes imagine Caracas as a living, breathing animal. Obscured by the darkness, it appears both violent and sensual, but perhaps its true nature will only be revealed at the moment it devours me."
The word capitolio refers to the domed building that houses a government. Here, the city of Caracas, Venezuela, is itself a metaphorical capitolio building. The decaying Modernist architecture, with a jungle growing through the cracks, becomes the walls of this building, and the violent streets become the corridors where the human drama plays itself out in what President Hugo Chavez called a "revolution."
The images in photographer Alec Soth’s Niagara are less about natural wonder than about human desire. "I went to Niagara for the same reason as the honeymooners and suicide jumpers," says Soth. "[T]he relentless thunder of the falls just calls for big passion." While the subject may be intense, these are quiet pictures. Using a large-format 8-by-10 camera, the photographs are rigorously composed and richly detailed. Working over the course of two years, on both the American and Canadian sides of the falls, Soth captures newlyweds and naked lovers, motel parking lots and pawnshop wedding rings, as well as a collection of discarded love letters. His pictures offer a remarkable portrayal of modern love and its aftermath. (Note: This gallery contains some nudity.)