Alec Soth

American, b. 1969

Alec Soth became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2004 and a full member in 2008. He is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of ‘on-the-road photography’ developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. From Huckleberry Finn to Easy Rider there seems to be a uniquely American desire to travel and chronicle the adventures that consequently ensue. He has received fellowships from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial and a career survey at the Jeu de Paume in 2008.

His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim.  Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (Steidl, 2006), Fashion Magazine (Magnum, 2007), and Dog Days, Bogotá (Steidl, 2007). He is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York and the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis.


1992    Bachelor of Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, USA


2008     Bush Artist Fellowship
2008     PhotoVision Award
2006     Golden Light Book Award
2006     Deutsche Börse Prize (shortlisted artist)
2004     McKnight Photography Fellowship
2003     Santa Fe Prize for Photography
2001     Minnesota State Arts Board
2001     MCAD / Jerome Fellowship
2001     Jerome Travel and Study Grant
1999     McKnight Photography Fellowship


2008     Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
2008     Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2008     Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA
2007     Host Gallery, London, UK
2007     Power House, Memphis, USA
2006     Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA
2006     Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, USA
2005     Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA
2004     Open Eye, Liverpool, UK
2004     Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany
2004     Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
2004     Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2004     Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA
2003     Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
2003     Weitman Gallery of Photography, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo, NY
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA
Israel Museum of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, Israel
LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, USA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA


2008     The Last Days of W, Little Brown Mushroom, USA
2007     Dog Days, Bogotá, Steidl, Germany
2007     Fashion Magazine, Magnum, Paris
2006     Niagara, Steidl, Germany
2005     The Making of Parts, photo essay Granta, issue 89
2004     Sleeping by the Mississippi, Steidl, Germany
2002     Vantage Points: Campus as Place (with Beth Dow and Chris Faust),Carleton College
            Press, Northfield, USA
1997     Linked to the Future: Minneapolis and St. Paul, (6 b/w plates), Towery Publishing, USA