Alec Soth

Untitled 04, 2003

Inkjet print, 50.8 x 50.8 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 2009-015-003
© Alec Soth

Alec Soth
b. 1969 (Minneapolis, US), lives and works in Minneapolis, US

While the photographer sets up and adjusts his bulky 8x10 plate camera, his subjects noticeably relax, releasing any contrived poses. Alec Soth’s portraits are a blend of dream and reality, intimacy and otherness. Driven by wanderlust, he traverses the American landscape like a hunter and gatherer, through his native Minnesota (Sleeping by the Mississippi) over to the Canadian border, where newlyweds enjoy their honeymoon at the brink of Niagara Falls (Niagara). Soth follows the imaginary tracks of other photographers of America, in search of national myths, collective memories, and dispatches from the future.