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From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America (10 photos)

From Here to There: Alec Soth's America (10 photos)

 © Alec Soth. Falls 26, 2005.

The first major survey of Alec Soth’s career, including work from his series Niagra, Sleeping by the Mississippi and the Last Days of W, is on view now until January 2, 2011 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The exhibition includes a selection of rarely seen early black-and-white work as well as his newest series, Broken Manual, exploring individuals who seek to flee civilization for a life “off the grid.”

Working in the photographic tradition of road photography established by such figures as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, Soth captures striking large-scale color images often using just an 8 x 10 field camera. From Here To There: Alec Soth’s America reveals through personal narrative Soth’s poignant view of changing America. Soth remains one of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography today.

The Walker Art Center has published a catalogue of the exhibition with more than 100 images and it includes essays by the show’s curator Siri Engberg, curator and art historian Britt Salvesen and critic Barry Schwabsky. The catalogue is included in PDN’s Most Notable Books of the Year.

 © Alec Soth. Sydney, Tallahassee, Florida, 2004.

 © Alec Soth. Lary, 2009.

 © Alec Soth. “Misty”, 2005, chromogenic print.

 © Alec Soth. “untitled”, 2008, Chromogenic print.

 © Alec Soth.”Adelyn, Ash Wednesday, New Orleans, Louisiana”, 2000.

 © Alec Soth. “Kym, Polish Palace, Minneapolis, MN”, 2000-2002.

 © Alec Soth. “Sara”, 2009.

 © Alec Soth. “Mother and Daughter, St. Paul, Minnesota”, 1999.

 © Alec Soth. “Charles, Vasa, Minnesota”, 2002.

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