Alec Soth's photographic work is firmly rooted in the American colour photography tradition of William Eggleston, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld. The present work is from his most acclaimed body of work entitled Sleeping by the Missippi - a five year photographic project documenting an itinerant journey down the Missippi river. Soth's images are suffused with a subtle lyricism, and deep feeling for the subjects he portrays. He captures a variety of people, landscapes and domestic settings, each distinct, but with a fragile interiority. What we see is an American heartland scared by the ravages of time, squalid yet alive with a poetic beauty.
Soth's photography has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Santiago de Chile. He has received fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are in several major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.