Alec Soth – Sleeping by the Mississippi

With poster. MACK Books 2017. Contributors: Patricia Hampl, Anne Wilkes Tucker. English. 120 pages, 48 ill. (48 col.). 29.2 x 28 cm. 1,2 kg. Cloth. 9781910164891. art-15791
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Alec Soth is a leading contemporary photographer represented by Magnum, who has been the subject of over 50 solo exhibitions worldwide. This new edition of Soth’s seminal title was first published by Steidl in 2004, sold through numerous print runs and now sells on the antiquarian market for significant sums. MACK book's edition will include two new, unpublished pictures.

Evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River, Alec Soth’s 'Sleeping by the Mississippi' captures America’s iconic yet oft-neglected “third coast.” Soth’s richly descriptive, large-format color photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors. Sensuous in detail and raw in subject, 'Sleeping by the Mississippi' elicits a consistent mood of loneliness, longing, and reverie.

“In the book’s 46 ruthlessly edited pictures,” writes Anne Wilkes Tucker, “Soth alludes to illness, procreation, race, crime, learning, art, music, death, religion, redemption, politics, and cheap sex.”

Like Robert Frank’s classic 'The Americans', 'Sleeping by the Mississippi' merges a documentary style with a poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organizing structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust.

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 Sao Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a 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 produced a traveling survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled 'From Here To There'. Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). His previous books Songbook and Gathered Leaves, both published by Michael Mack, have been bestsellers.

‘The book has become a classic of our time’ - Photo-Eye

‘America’s most immaculate, intriguing photographer’ - The Guardian

‘Soth is, by general consensus, the greatest living photographer of America’s social and geographical landscape, the modern heir to a tradition of documentary photography that goes back to Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange’ - The Telegraph
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