Critical Mass Books


Sage Sohier

“Perfectible Worlds” is about people’s private passions and obsessions. Begun soon after 9/11/01, the series portrays people transported into worlds and activities over which they have near-total control. The photographs range from portraits of some who make extravagant miniature worlds, to others who have extraordinary collections or who immerse themselves in unusual pursuits. Each photograph is the discovery of a particular world an individual has found or created for himself — a private world that few are privileged to see.

“Sohier’s encounter with the marvelous takes us deep into private terrain, into a world of near-obsessive collections, hobbies, adornments, achievements, and attentions to detail. Her images register a desire for perfection and control in a world that — more often than not of late — seems to have slipped into chaos, destined for political and environmental ruin.”

– John Beardsley, Harvard University

Softbound, 64 pages, 58 photographs