Alec Soth

‘Sleeping by the Mississippi’

Soth’s work evolved from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River, it captures Americas iconic yet oft-neglected third coast. The photographs show individuals, landscapes and interiors.

““Soth alludes to illness, procreation, race, crime, learning, art, music, death, religion, redemption,politics, and cheap sex”

“Sleeping by the Mississippi merges a documentary style with a poetic sensibility.” (Steidl)

“When I began this project, it actually had nothing to do with the river. It was originally titled ‘From Here To There’. The idea was that one picture would lead to the next. I might photograph a chicken, then a short order cook making eggs, and so on. While making these pictures, I made a trip down the Mississippi. I began to think that the river itself could function as a metaphor for that kind of wondering.”

Soth doesn’t see his work as a social document, he suggests that it’s more internal and dream-like.

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