Bull City Summer.
The Art of Sport.
Edited by Sam Stephenson. Text by Howard L. Craft, Adam Sobsey, Emma D. Miller.
Daylight Books, 2014. 216 pp., 120 color illustrations, 11x8½".
Bull City Summer brings together a team of artists and documentarians around a season of minor league baseball to find stories and images on the field and behind the scenes. The Durham Bulls are one of the most popular and successful minor league baseball teams in the country, with more players being sent to the Majors than any other minor league team. To diversify the documentation of the 2013 season, guest artists Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, Leah Sobsey, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas and Hiroshi Watanabe were invited to photograph the team in Durham. 'The opportunity to photograph spring baseball in North Carolina was a no-brainer,' Soth says. 'The pacing of baseball arouses a kind of leisurely attentiveness that is analogous to photographic seeing. You look and look and then every once in a while, snap, you get a hit.'