Aperture is pleased to offer these unique tintypes by Tabitha Soren, in conjunction with the publication of the artist’s monograph, Fantasy Life.


In 2002, 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.  
A number of the photos in the series are presented as tintypes, unique prints made by exposing the image on emulsion spread  over a thin sheet of metal. The use of this antique process serves to further illuminate  the art of each player in motion.  
Soren has said of the series , “Fantasy Life is a metaphor for all these other fantasies that are part of the American culture: The fantasy that failure leads to success, despite hitting the ball successfully only around a third of the time. The romantic myth of the restless wanderer, even as they cram in 162 major-league games a season. And the central American fantasy that says we have to do something extraordinary to lead a meaningful life.”


Tabitha Soren left a successful career in television in 1999 to start another one as a photographer. Her work is included in public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California; Transformer Station, Cleveland, Ohio; Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco; New Orleans Museum of Art; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. Her work has been featured in Dear Dave, McSweeney’s, Vanity FairNew York Times Magazine,BlinkSlate, New York, Sports Illustrated, California Sunday Magazine, and ESPN The Magazine. She is represented by the Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.

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