Minneapolis-based photographer Alec Soth was making complicated images, images of regular people and regular places that looked simple but refused to break down, long before he launched a blog in 2006. The blog revealed the quick and thoughtful mind behind his work—but then, one day in late 2007, it was suddenly discontinued. At least we know the man gives good art talk. He's here receiving an award from the Photographic Center Northwest, and then he'll speak at Seattle Art Museum. (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 720-7222. 2–3:30 pm, $8.)