Alec Soth

Sleeping By The Mississippi


California Museum of Photography

August 5 - October 8, 2006


Opening Reception

Saturday, August 5, 2006, 7pm - 9pm


Comprising portraits, landscapes, and intimate interiors, SLEEPING BY THE MISSISSIPPI is a series of powerful large-scale photographic works by US artist Alec Soth. Using the Mississippi River as his guide, Soth spent five years photographing the individual lives and communities along the way from his home-town in Minnesota to the furthest reaches of Louisiana.

Following in the tradition of such documentarians as Robert Frank, William Eggleston, and Steven Shore, Soth customizes and updates the genre for the 21st century with his own unique contribution. The resulting images of people, gas stations, churches, and various abodes resonate with profound intensity that tugs at the viewer's emotional and intellectual core.