Soth was born and continues to work in Minnesota (with a brief hiatus to get his bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York). He is most well-known for his series Niagara and Sleeping by the Mississippi, which document modern America the way he sees it, with no polish. He has received fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations, as well as the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. He has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center, not to mention the 2004 Whitney Biennial. If you want to know more, read a much better written quick biography here.
Turns out my favorite photographer has a blog. And an extremely weird, incredibly amusing sense of humor. I’ve been reading through his blog for a while now, and I discovered an interesting fact. Soth makes a list of things he’s interested in and then he goes out to take photographs of it. Even if he strays from his original intentions, he says it’s great to just get yourself out and taking pictures. He claims that Robert Frank did the same thing.
Soth introduced me to Carrie Thompson, a photographer who has an identical style to Alec Soth. If Soth decided to photograph an aging, religious couple in Minnesota and the environment around them, this is what it would look like.
Interesting Soth Links:
A write up of Soth at the Brighton Biennial