Alec Soth

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Grand Palais © Alec Soth
© Alec Soth
Two Towels Photography © Alec Soth
© Alec Soth
© Stephen Wirtz Gallery
Kym, Polish Palace, Minneapolis, 2000-2002 Chromogenic Print 16 X 20 Inches (40.6 X 50.8 Cm), Ed. Of 15 © Gagosian Gallery- Madison Ave.
Untitled 02, Bogota Print © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos
Rue de la Paix © Alec Soth
© Alec Soth
West Point;NewYork © Alec Soth
Exquisite Corpse #74, 2010 C Print / Embroidery Floss, Yarn, And Diamond Dust / India Ink 20 X 30
Bonnie (with a photograph of an angel), Port Gibson, Mississippi, 2000 © Courtesy of the artist & De La Warr Pavilion
Untitled. From the series “Brighton Picture Hunt”, 2010 © Courtesy of the artist & Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Charles Lindbergh's boyhood bed, Little Falls, Minnesota, 1999 C Print 32 X 40 In.
08zL0107 (large nude), Broken Manual, 2008 Archival Pigment Print 177,8cm X 142,2cm © Courtesy of the artist & LOOCK Gallery
Charles, Vasa, Minnesota, 2002 © Courtesy of the artist & THE EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART
2008_08zl0215, 2008 Framed Archival Pigment Print Mounted To 4 Ply Museum Board Image: 50 X 40 Inches (127 X 101.6 Cm) Mount: 52 1/2 X 42 1/2 Inches (133.4 X 108 Cm) Framed: 54 1/4 X 44 1/8 Inches (137.8 X 112.1 Cm) Edition Of 7 With 3 A Ps © Courtesy of the artist & Sean Kelly Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & Cranbrook Art Museum
Martin Weinstein, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2003 Archival Pigment Print 32 X 40 In. (81.28 X 101.6 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Near Kaaterskill Falls, 2012 © Courtesy of the Artist and Fraenkel Gallery
Bree. Liberty Cheer All-Stars, Corsicana, Texas, 2013 Archival Pigment Print Mounted To Dibond Framed: 44 X 57 X 2 1/4 Inches (111.8 X 144.8 X 5.7 Cm) © Alec Soth Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
Red Rock Archery, Clifton, (detail) 2013 © Alec Soth
Near Gainesville, Georgia, 2014. Commissioned by the SCAD Museum of Art Archival Pigment Print © Image courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
Riverview Motel, 2005 © Alec Soth, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Works in
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There. Alec Soth’s first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim.  Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007) Dog Days, Bogotá (2007) The Last Days of W (2008), Broken Manual (2010). In 2008, Soth started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom. Soth is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, and is a member of Magnum Photos.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Gagosian Gallery (New York, NY) 2009
Haunch of Venison (Z¸rich, Switzerland) 2008
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Winterthur, Switzerland) 2008
Stephen Daiter Gallery (Chicago, IL) 2008
BBK (Bilbao, Spain) 2008
Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN) 2008
Jeu de Paume (Paris, France) 2008
Weinstein Gallery (Minneapolis, MN) 2007
Power House (Memphis, TN) 2007
Host Gallery (London, UK) 2007
California Museum of Photography, UC-Riverside (Riverside, CA) 2006
Weinstein Gallery (Minneapolis, MN) 2006
Wohnmaschine (Berlin, Germany) 2006
Gagosian Gallery (New York, NY) 2006
Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA) 2006
Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN) 2005
Open Eye (Liverpool, UK) 2004
Wohnmaschine (Berlin, Germany) 2004
Weinstein Gallery (Minneapolis, MN) 2004
Stephen Wirtz Gallery (San Francisco, CA) 2004
Yossi Milo Gallery (New York, NY) 2004
Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL) 2003
Weitman Gallery of Photography (Washington University, St. Louis, MO) 2003

Selected Group Exhibitions

National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC) 2008
Museu Collecao Berardo (Lisbon, Spain) 2008
Gagosian Gallery (New York, NY) 2007
Jen Bekman (New York, NY) 2007
Cinémathéque Francaise (Paris, France) 2007
Yossi Milo Gallery (New York, NY) 2007
Tate Liverpool (Liverpool, England) 2007
Koldo Mitxelena (San Sebastian, Spain) 2007
Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels, Belgium) 2006
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison, WI) 2006
The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK) 2006
Haus der Kunst (Munich, Germany) 2006
Columbia University’s Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery (New York, NY) 2006
George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) 2006
Timezone 8 Editions (Beijing, China) 2005
T.H. InSide (Milan, Italy) 2005
MassMoCA (North Adams, MA) 2005
Gagosian Gallery (New York, NY) 2005
Cohan and Leslie (New York, NY) 2005
Wirtz Gallery (San Francisco, CA) 2005
Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta, Georgia) 2005
North Carolina Art Museum (Raleigh, NC) 2005
Pace / MacGill (New York, NY) 2004
Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo (São Paulo, Brazil) 26th Bienal de São Paulo, 2004
ArtChicago 2004 Artist Booth (Chicago, IL) 2004
Whitney Musuem of American Art (New York, NY) Whitney Biennial, 2004
Alice Austen Museum (Staten Island, NY) 2003

Selected Public and Private Collections

Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo, NY
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
General Mills Corporate Art Collection, Golden Valley, MN
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Progressive Corporate Art Collection, Cleveland, OH
Regis Corporate Art Collection, Minneapolis, MN
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Fellowships and Prizes

PhotoVision Award 2008
Bush Artist Fellowship 2008
Golden Light Book Award 2006
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2006 (finalist)
CEPA Artist Residency 2005
McKnight Photography Fellowship, 2004
Santa Fe Prize for Photography, 2003
Minnesota State Arts Board, 2001
MCAD / Jerome Fellowship, 2001
Jerome Travel and Study Grant, 2001
McKnight Photography Fellowship, 1999


Last Days of W. Little Brown Mushroom, 2008.
Dog Days, Bogotá. Steidl: Göttingen, 2007.
Fashion Magazine. Photographs by Alec Soth. Magnum: Paris, 2007.
XL Photograpy 3. Hatje Cantz, 2007.
The Image To Come: How Cinema Inspires Photographers. Steidl: Göttingen, 2007.
Between the Lakes: Artists Respond to Madison. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: Madison, 2006.
Image Makers, Image Takers. Thames and Hudson: London, 2006.
Vitamin Ph. Phaidon Press: London, 2006.
NIAGARA. Photographs by Alec Soth. Essays by Richard Ford and Philip Brookman. Steidl: Göttingen, 2006.
Granta. The Making of Parts. Photoessay by Alec Soth. Issue 89. 2004.
Sleeping by the Mississippi. Photographs by Alec Soth, essays by Patricia Hampl and Anne Wilkes Tucker. Steidl: Göttingen, 2004.
Vantage Points: Campus as Place. Photographs by Alec Soth, Beth Dow, Chris Faust. Carleton College Press: Northfield, 2002.
Linked to the Future: Minneapolis and St. Paul. Six b/w plates by Alec Soth. Towery Publishing, Inc: Memphis, 1997.

Visiting Artist Lecture Venues

Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo, NY
Art Guild Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota
California College of Art, Oakland, CA
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Eastern Tennessee University, Memphis, TN
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
International Center for Photography, New York, NY
Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, WI
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
PhotoMidwest, Madison, WI
PhotoLA, Los Angeles, CA
PhotoSF, San Francisco, CA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
San Francisco Photo Alliance, San Francisco, CA
The Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
University of Louisville, KY
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN


SF Weekly. “Reviews: Alec Soth: The Last Days of W.” Febuary 2009. Vogel, Traci.
Modern Painters. “The Last Days of W.” October 2008. Soth, Alec.
Artforum. “Reviews: Alec Soth, Wohnmaschine.” May 2008. Honigman, Ana.
Stiletto. “Désir D’Attraction.” April 2008. Ollier, Brigitte.
Frieze. “Reviews: Alec Soth at Jeu de Paume.” April 2008. Smith, Sarah-Neel.
Art in America. “Reviews: Alec Soth at Martin Weinstein.” April 2008. Coggins, David.
City Pages. “Alec Soth”. Jan 2008. Severns Guntzel, Jeff.
Aperture. “Sixty Years of Magnum.” Summer 2007. Badger, Gerry.
The Wall Street Journal. “Art Blogs.” March 17-18, 2007. Russell, Jacob Hale.
HotShoe. “Hot Books: Niagara.” January, 2007. Hannigan, William
Guide to Unique Photography. “Running Water.” Issue #6, 2006. Milo, Pim.
The British Journal of Photography. “Young Guns.” Volume 154. Smyth, Diane.
American Photo. “The Art of the Web.” May/June 2006.
ARTnews. “Reviews: Alec Soth, Gagosian.” June 2006. Berwick, Carly.
Stern. “Reale Leidenschaften.” April 25, 2006. Riester, Sabina.
MN Public Radio. “After the Falls.” April 11, 2006. Combs, Marianne.
Minneapolis StarTribune. “See-worthy art events around town.” April 6, 2006. Abbe, Mary.
Magenta Magazine. “Book Review: NIAGARA.” Spring 2006. Strettel, David.
Financial Times. “The human wilderness.” March 26, 2006. Hodgson, Francis.
Photo District News. “Catching up with Alec Soth.” March 23, 2006. LaSala, Anthony.
ARTnews. “Altered States.” March 2006. Woodward, Richard.
The Rake. “Making it.” March 2006. Caniglia, Julie.
The New Yorker. “Critic’s Notebook: Soth Bound.” February 13&20, 2006. Aletti, Vince.
Guardian. “This is sacrilege.” February 14, 2006. Searle, Adrian.
Newsday. “The heart of darkness through a Niagara lens.” February 10, 2006. Budick, Ariella.
The Villager. “The A List: Legends of the Falls.” February 8-14, 2006. —–.
New York Magazine. “An hour in Chelsea.” February 6, 2006. Rosenberg, Karen.
Art & Auction. “An intimate affair.” February 2006. Pollack, Lindsay.
The New York Art World. “Ghada Amer and Alec Soth, Gagosian Gallery.” February 2006. Ramirez, Nicollette.
Village Voice. “NYC Guide: Art.” February 2006. —–.
The Digital Journalist, “Alec Soth’s Niagara.” February 2006. Richards, Roger.
Des Moines Register. “Old Man River photos focus on curious, charming.” January 22, 2006. Pierre, Amanda.
Des Moines Register. “Mississippi photos surreal; Des Moines Art Festival for real.” January 5, 2006. Pierre, Amanda and Jeffrey Bruner.
ArtReview. “The bigger picture,” December/January 2006. Jobey, Liz.
Artforum. “Preview:Munich: ClickDoubleClick: The Documentary Factor (Haus der Kunst).” January 2006. Frailey, Stephen.
POL Oxygen. “Soth Focus: Everyday heroes,” Issue 15, 2005-2006. Gadd, Jessica.
Buffalo News. “Editorial: Tell Me,” December 16, 2005. Connolly, Brian.
The New York Times. “A Carnival of Art, Money, Surf, and Sand.” December 3, 2005. Smith, Roberta. “SFCP 3.” Nov/Dec 2005. ——. “Rising and Falling to the Occasion: New Photography, McKnight Fellows 2004-2005.” November 19, 2005. Gordon, Glenn.
Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Mining the meaning of Images.” November 25, 2005. Abbe, Mary.
Chicago Tribune, “The Photo Issue: 5 Things you need to know about collecting photography.” November 13, 2005. Skolnik, Lisa.
PDN, “Icons of the 21st Century: Books,” October 2005.
Artforum, “Reviews: Alec Soth.” September 2005. Caniglia, Julie.
Minneapolis StarTribune, “State Fair art show celebrates beauty, family, foibles and loss,” August 26, 2005. Abbe, Mary.
The New Yorker, “Galleries-Chelsea: Minets A Polis.” August 8 & 15, 2005.
The New Yorker, “Galleries-Chelsea: Roger Ballen and Alec Soth.” July 25, 2005.
Pulse of the Twin Cities. “Hot tickets for July 13-19, 2005: Alec Soth and Andrei Codrescu.” July 13, 2005. Urbanski, Adrienne.
PDN Photo Annual 2005. “Photo Books.” May 2005.
Digital Photographer. “Outside the Box: Environmental Portraiture.” Issue 32, 2005. “Tender Regard and Comic Melancholy: Alec Soth at MIA.” April 24, 2005. Gordon, Glenn. “Magic and Hard Work: Alec Soth at MIA.” April 24, 2005. Fallon, Michael. “On view.” April 8, 2005. Sung, Ellen.
The Independent Review. “Backwater Blues.” April 7, 2005. Lees, Alasdair.
Twin Cities Where. “Local Knowledge.” April 2005.
St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Recent Developments.” March 6, 2005. Peiken, Matt.
The Art Newspaper. “Alec Soth: Portraits, No. 156.” March 2005.
The Rake. “Art: Alec Soth.” March 2005.
Photo-eye. “The Best Books of 2004.” Spring 2005.
Mouvement. “Portfolio.” January/February 2005. —–.
American Photo. “Stream of Consciousness: Alec Soth looks for American dreamers along the Mississippi.” January/February 2005. Elbies, Jeffrey.
Village Voice, “Top 25 Photo Books of 2004,” January 24, 2005, Aletti, Vince.
Time Europe, “A River Runs Through It,” January 17, 2005, Pantall, Colin.
American Photo On Campus, “Beautiful Dreamer,” January 2005, Albies, Jeffrey.
Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Artist of the Year,” December 26, 2004, Abbe, Mary.
The New York Times, “Southern Photography, Inspired by a Yankee,” December 4, 2004, Smith, Roberta.
Camera Arts, “Writing with Light: Ten Books for Your Wish List,” December 2004, More, Michael.
ic Liverpool, “Don’t miss Mississippi pictures,” November 29, 2004.
Time Asia. “A River Runs Through It.” December 2004. Pantall, Colin.
Daily Post. “Don’t miss Mississippi pictures.” November 29, 2004. ——.
The British Journal of Photography, “Mississippi dreaming,” November 24, 2004, Pantall, Colin.
Photo Italia, “Sognando il grande fiume,” November 2004, Recordati, Sara.
Source, “Book Reviews,” Autumn 2004, Miller, Alicia.
Art Review, “I walk the line,” October 2004, Schuman, Aaron.
Art in America, “Reviews: Berlin – Alec Soth at Wohnmaschine,” October 2004, Phillips, Christopher.
Modern Painters, “Lost in Curation,” Autumn 2004, Aletti, Vince.
Rain Taxi Review of Books, “Sleeping by the Mississippi,” Fall 2004, Gordon, Glenn.
Photo District News, “In Print: Sleeping by the Mississippi,” September 2004, Lehan, Joanna.
Photo District News, “Magnum inducts new members,” September 2004.
The Digital Journalist. “View from the Photo Desk: Q&A with Alec Soth of Magnum Photos.” September 2004. Richards, Roger. “Landscapes.” August 17, 2004. Morton, Lisa.
City Pages, “The A-List,” August 11, 2004.
Der Tagesspiegel, “Amerikanische Seele,” August 7, 2004, Daniels, Corinna.
St. Paul Pioneer Press, “Mythic River,” July 18, 2004, O’Sullivan, Thomas.
Minnesota Public Radio, “All Things Considered,” July 12-16,2004, Combs, Marianne.
Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Mississippi Dreaming,” July 9, 2004, Abbe, Mary.
ArtNews, “Reviews: Alec Soth at Yossi Milo,” Summer 2004, Cone, Michele C.
San Francisco Gate, “Reviews: Alec Soth,” July 2004, Bing, Alison.
Photo District News Online, “Magnum Members Grapple with the Future at Annual Meeting,” July 1, 2004, DeFoore, Jay.
Minnesota Monthly, “Sleeping by the Mississippi: Portfolio by Alec Soth,” July 2004, Gihring, Tim.
The Rake Magazine, “A River Runs Through Us,” July 2004, Caniglia, Julie.
The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, “A River Runs Through It,” June 27, 2004, Turner, Christopher.
Art in America, “Report from New York: The Well-Tempered Biennial,” June/July 2004, Heartney, Eleanor.
San Francisco Chronicle, “Alec Soth at Wirtz,” June 12, 2004, Baker, Kenneth. “Alec Soth, Sleeping by the Mississippi, is Now Wide Awake in Minneapolis.” June 8, 2004. Fallon, Michael.
Flash Art, “Whitney Biennial 2004: A Good-Looking Corpse,” May/June 2004, Dunn, Melissa.
Photo District News, “The Year in Review: Award Winners of the Year,” May 2004.
Photo-Eye, “Survey of New Books,” Summer 2004.
Artforum, “Reviews: Alec Soth,” Summer 2004, Raymond, Jonathan.
Contemporary. “Highlights: Minneapolis.” Issue 61, 2004. Douglas, Kris.
Exit Express. “Bienal del Whitney 2004.” May 2004. Hatchadoorian, Lisa.
Photo, “Alec Soth révéle son Mississippi,” April 2004, No. 408, Théroud, Eve. “Art Review: The Whitney Looks to the Interior.” April 21, 2004. Fallon, Michael.
The Village Voice, “Show World,” April 19, 2004, Aletti, Vince.
The San Diego Union Tribune. “At the Whitney Biennial, more highs than lows—and most of the country is MIA.” April 18, 2004. Pincus, Robert L.
The New York Times, “Art in Review: Alec Soth,” April 16, 2004, Cotter, Holland.
Time Out New York, “Reviews: Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi,” April 15-22, 2004, Kerr, Merrily.
The New York Sun, “Photography: The Newest Eyes,” April 15, 2004, Meyers, William.
Columbia Spectator. “Anticipated Biennial Brings Few Surprises.” April 12, 2004. Krudy, Cat.
Toronto Star, “Fresh images burst from Whitney Biennial,” April 10, 2004, Goddard, Peter.
Minneapolis Star Tribune, “You can’t buy this kind of publicity,” April 2, 2004, Abbe, Mary.
The Village Voice, “A-list,” March 12, 2004, Aletti, Vince.
The New Yorker, “Goings on about Town: Photography,” March 29, 2004.
Time, “Major Art Attack,” March 29, 2004, Lacayo, Richard.
New York Magazine, “Photography: A River Runs Through It,” March 22-29, 2004, Rosenberg, Karen.
The Wall Street Journal, “Whitney Biennial: A Show the Critics Usually Love to Pan, and for Good Reason,” March 23, 2004, Rosenbaum, Lee.
The Leaf of Sao Paulo. “Melancholy, blackout and emptiness predominate the Whitney Biennial.” March 22, 2004. Cariello, Rafael.
Toronto Globe and Mail. “Art in a tremulous time (Whitney Biennial),” March 17, 2004, Milroy, Sarah.
The Washington Post. “Whittling Down the Whitney,” March 14, 2004, Gopnik, Blake.
The New York Times. “Touching All Bases at the Biennial,” March 12, 2004, Kimmelman, Michael.
The Village Voice. “A-list.” March 12, 2004. Aletti, Vince.
Photo District News. “PDN’s 30 2004.” v. XXIV, March, 2004. LaSala, Anthony.
Blind Spot. Issue 26. Winter, 2004. Cover and six color photographs.
Next Level. Edition 2, Vol. 2. Winter, 2004.
Fotopozytyw. “Fotografie dla Carmen.” no. 1. Stycen, 2004. Mazur, Adam.
City Pages. “Artists of the Year.” December 31, 2003. Fallon, Michael.
Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Three with state ties picked for top show.” December 14, 2003. Abbe, Mary.
City Pages, “One of the Great Ones,” September 10,2003, Fallon, Michael.
Photo District News. “Alec Soth wins Santa Fe Prize.” August, 2003. DeFoore, Jay.
Camera Arts Magazine. “Santa Fe Center for Photography 2003 Award Winners Publication.” Cover and 7 color photographs by Alec Soth. August/September 2003.
Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Fellow Travelers, Six Photographers.” Sept. 15, 2000. Abbe, Mary.
Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Photo Exhibits display spiritual musings.” June 19, 1998. Abbe, Mary.

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