Here are excerpts of MN Original‘s interview with photographer Alec Soth.
Photographer Alec Soth made a name for himself shooting large format portraits along the Mississippi River. He’s now striking out in a new direction, abandoning the camera that made him famous and experimenting with different formats and display mediums. We spent the day with him to learn more about this new frontier.
Alec Soth is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Using an 8×10 camera, Soth’s portraits range from black and white scenes in Minneapolis bars to homemade cabins and communes along the Mississippi river.
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 Center will be exhibiting and touring a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work in the United States. 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) and The Last Days of W (2008). 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.