Tabitha Soren Biography
Tabitha Soren, born Tabitha Lee Sornberger is an American fine art photographer and former reporter for MTV News, ABC News, and NBC News.
Soren Tabitha Age
Soren was born on 19 August 1967, San Antonio, Texas in United States Of America. She is 51 years old as of 2018.
Tabitha Soren Husband
Soren is married to Michael Lewis. The couple got married in the year 1997. Michael Monroe Lewis is an American financial journalist and bestselling non-fiction author. He has also been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 2009.
Tabitha Soren Children
Soren and her husband are blessed with three children, Quinn Tallulah Lewis, Dixie Lewis, and Walker Jack Lewis.
Tabitha Soren Net Worth
She is an American photographer and former reporter who has a net worth of $5 million.
Tabitha Soren MTV News
At the age of 23, Tabitha was the face of MTV’s Choose or Lose campaign, which focused on encouraging young adults to vote. The campaign received a Peabody Award in May 1992. She interviewed Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill, and Yasser Arafat, among others.
She is mentioned in the 1998 film American History X, and also had a cameo role in the film The Cable Guy as herself. Clips of her interviews with Tupac Shakur were included in the 2003 documentary film Tupac: Resurrection.
Tabitha Soren Photography
After working in television news, Soren spent a year studying art and photography at Stanford University. Over the past ten years, her projects have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Canteen, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, Sports Illustrated, and New York, among others. Public collections include the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Pier 24 Photography, Transformer Station in Ohio and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana.
In 2012, her show Running appeared at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. A three-year-long project shot in 15 states, as well as in Mexico and Canada, Running featured dramatically lit, isolated individuals running in everyday settings.
In 2015, Soren’s exhibition Fantasy Life debuted at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles and traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibition showcased images of 21 baseball players selected for the Oakland A’s 2002 draft class, whom Soren followed for thirteen years until they were out of baseball. Later that same year, Soren exhibited Panic Beach, a photographic series of rugged, powerful waves along coastlines all over the world.
In 2017, the Aperture Foundation published a selection of Soren’s Fantasy Life photographs, with text by Dave Eggers. The book was released just prior to a major exhibition at San Francisco City Hall also titled Fantasy Life, which displayed over 180 of Soren’s images. Also in the summer of 2017, EUQINOMprojects in San Francisco exhibited work from the Surface Tension series, in which all images were photographed using 8 x 10 sheets of film. The gallery also showcases photographs from her project, As Far As You Know.
Tabitha Soren Fight For Your Right
As a 19-year-old college student at NYU, Soren appeared in the 1987 music video for “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” by the Beastie Boys.
Tabitha Soren Interview
Most recently, she has mounted an exhibition titled Surface Tension at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. The collection of 20 large-scale photographs is notable for the superimposed fingerprints on top of images that Soren has culled from breaking news. They’re not only stunning but a sharp commentary on the way we take in the world today—by scrolling through a never-ending feed of pictures that don’t differentiate between quotidian snapshots and pictures that could change the world.
Here, Soren opens up about her process for our peek inside the habits of a creative mastermind.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF TO BE CREATIVE; WHAT’S YOUR RITUAL?
TS: I have two different modes. One is coming up with the piece of art, and for that, I need really loud music. Not music I’ve heard 1,000 times but something that’s fairly new. I like Lizzo and Sunflower Bean and I’ve worn out Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” album.
The other mode is when I’m doing something with my hands, and as long as there’s not writing involved, I can listen to good podcasts. There was a podcast called “The Mystery Show” by Starlee Kine, and they’re all amazing but there are only six and that’s maddening. There’s another one called “Heavyweight” that’s also really worth listening to. And you can’t ignore “This American Life.” It’s still fantastic.
WHAT PLACE IS MOST CONDUCIVE IN WHICH FOR YOU TO WORK?
TS: My studio. I’m blessed to have a room of my own. It’s a little cottage that looks like a gingerbread house; it’s not very big but it’s all mine.
WHAT ONE ELEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR YOUR PROCESS?
TS: Reading and researching are really important. I don’t always know what my work is about for a while. At first that freaked out me, and I would push and push it because I needed it to be rooted in fact. Beauty’s fine, but I wanted it to be meaningful beauty.
AT WHAT TIME OF DAY DO YOU PREFER TO WORK?
TS: Whenever the least amount of interruptions will happen.
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO SNACK?
TS: Reese’s peanut butter cups. My son buys them for me, and my mom still sends them to me on the holidays.
HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE?
TS:I drink espresso with almond milk.
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE COLLABORATOR?
TS: I have a lot of women who give me feedback. There are a lot of framers and curators and gallerists who come by, and I see what they respond to and that helps me figure out what’s working.
WHAT DO YOU MOST OFTEN DO TO PROCRASTINATE?
TS: Slay emails.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST TRICK FOR OVERCOMING A BLOCK?
TS: Deadlines force you to get things done and really crystalize why you’re doing them. I also try to take assignments and have studio visits, to set up things that create little moments when I have to get things prepared and organized.
IT’S SAID THAT GENIUS IS ONE PERCENT INSPIRATION AND 99 PERCENT PERSPIRATION. WHAT IS THAT RATIO LIKE FOR YOU?
TS: That sounds about right. My projects tend to take years. I was working on Surface Tension for five years and there are 20 images in the Davis Museum show. When inspiration comes, though, you’ve really got to jump on it.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
TS: I feel like having one in my mind would actually cause blocks. The bar would be too high for me to ever pull off what that dream was. For me, working on several projects at once, all in different stages, allow any of them to be a possible dream project. I have to create that sense of possibility.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM A FAILURE?
TS: After you fail, you feel free. There’s some bit of relief, actually. I love Beckett’s notion of learning to fail better. I’m not interested in perfection; I’m interested in imperfection.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATION THUS FAR?
I’m always really pleased when older work continues to hold my attention and doesn’t make me cringe.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR CREATIVE LEGACY WILL BE?
TS: You’re talking to an emerging artist, so it feels presumptuous to answer the question. I guess what I’d like to live on through my work is the variety of exploration that can take place in a lifetime.