Features and Reviews

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Minnesota Monthly, “The Great American Photographer, In Our Own Backyard” September 2010, Tim Gihring.

Twin Cities Metro, “The Wanderer” September 2010,Jay Gabler.

ArtForum, “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America” September 2010, Vince Aletti.

City Pages, “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America” September 2010, Camille LeFevre.

The New York Times, “Trolling for Strangers to Befriend” July 2010, Hilarie M. Sheets., “High Museum Commissions 12 New Works by Photographer Alec Soth for ‘Picturing the South’ Series” April 2009.

Time Out New York, “Alec Soth, ‘The Last Days of W.’” February 2009, Wilson, Michael.

The New Yorker, “Alec Soth” March 2009.

The Minnesota Independent, “Twin Cities photographer Soth captures ‘The Last Days of W.’” January 2009, Schmelzer, Paul., “Diebenkorn’s drawing at Hackett gallery” January 2009, Baker, Kenneth.

Tages-Anzeiger, “Alec Soth: Bilder eines bescheidenen Glücks” October 2008, Basting, Barbara.

Newcity Art, “Review: Alec Soth/Stephen Daiter Gallery” October 2008, Weinstein, Michael., “Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi on View at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts” June 2008.

Actuphoto, “Alec Soth – The Space Between Us” May 2008. —-

Frieze, “Alec Soth: Jeu de Paume” April 2008, Smith, Sarah-Neel.

Art in America, “Alec Soth at Martin Weinstein” April 2008, Coggins, David.

City Pages, “Alec Soth Stays Sane by Staying Put” January 2008, Guntzel, Jeff., “A Birthplace Elegy: Alec Soth’s ‘Dog Days, Bogotá’” December 2007, Riddle, Mason.

Telegraph, “Paris, Milan… Minnesota”, June 2007, West, Naomi.

Photo Book Guide, “Book Review : NIAGARA” October 2006, Gardiner, Rob.

GUP #6, “Running Water” Fall 2006, Milo, Pim.

Blackbook, “Who’s Who.” Oct/Nov. 2006, Frey, James.

photo-eye Booklist, “A Survey of New Books.” Fall 2006, Fischer, Zane.

American Photo, “The Art of the Web.” June 2006, Schonauer, David.

ArtNews, “Reviews: New York-Alec Soth.” June 2006, Berwick, Carly. “Top 4 Book Releases of the Month.” July, 2006. Lori Fredrickson. “Reale Leidenschaften.” (in German) April, 2006. Reister, Sabina.

The New Yorker “Critic’s Notebook: Soth Bound.” February 13&20, 2006. Aletti, Vince.

Guardian “This is sacrilege.” February 14, 2006. Searle, Adrian.

Newsday “The heart of darkness through a Niagara lens.” February 10, 2006. Budick, Ariella.

The Villager “The A List: Legends of the Falls.” February 8-14, 2006. —-

New York Magazine “An Hour in Chelsea.” February 6, 2006. Rosenberg, Karen.

The New York Art World “Ghada Amer & Alec Soth, Gagosian Gallery.” February 2006. Ramirez, Nicolette.

The Village Voice “NYC: Guide.” February 2006. —-

The Digital Journalist “Alec Soth’s Niagara.” February 2006. Richards, Roger.

Des Moines Register “Old Man River photos focus on curious, charming,” January 22, 2006. Pierre, Amanda.

ArtReview “The bigger picture,” December/January 2006. Jobey, Liz.

POL Oxygen “Soth Focus: Everyday heroes,” Issue 15, 2005-2006. Gadd, Jessica.

Buffalo News “Editorial: Tell Me,” December 16, 2005. Connolly, Brian.

StarTribune “Mining the meaning of Images,” November 25, 2005. Abbe, Mary.

PDN “Icons of the 21st Century: Books,” October 2005.

Artforum “Reviews: Minneapolis-Alec Soth,” September 2005. Caniglia, Julie.

The New Yorker “Galleries-Chelsea: Roger Ballen and Alec Soth.” July 25, 2005.

PDN Photo Annual 2005 “Photo Books,” May 2005.

Digital Photographer “Outside the Box: Environmental Portraiture,” Issue 32, 2005. “Tender Regard and Comic Melancholy: Alec Soth at MIA,” April 24, 2005, Gordon, Glenn. “Magic and Hard Work: Alec Soth at MIA,” April 24, 2005, Fallon, Michael.

The Independent Review “Backwater Blues,” April 7, 2005, Lees, Alasdair.

Twin Cities Where “Local Knowledge,” April 2005.

St. Paul Pioneer Press “Recent Developments,” March 6, 2005. Peiken, Matt.

The Art Newspaper, Alec Soth: Portraits, No. 156, March 2005.

The Rake, “Art: Alec Soth,” March 2005.

Photo-eye, “The Best Books of 2004,” Spring 2005.

Granta, “The Making of Parts,” A photoessay on metal stamping in middle America, Issue 89, 2005.

American Photo, “Stream of Consciousness: Alec Soth looks for American dreamers along the Mississippi,” January/February 2005, Elbies, Jeffrey.

Village Voice, “Top 25 Photo Books of 2004,” January 24, 2005, Aletti, Vince.

Time Europe, “A River Runs Through It,” January 9, 2005, Pantall, Colin.

Camera Arts, “Writing with Light: 10 Books for Your Wish List,” December 2004/January 2005, More, Michael.

The British Journal of Photography, “Mississippi dreaming,” November 24, 2004, Pantall, Colin.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Artist of the Year,” December 26, 2004, Abbe, Mary.

The New York Times, “Southern Photography, Inspired by a Yankee,” December 4, 2004, Smith, Roberta.

Photo Italia, “Sognando il grande fiume,” November 2004, Recordati, Sara.

Source, “Book Reviews,” Autumn 2004,
Miller, Alicia.

Art Review, “I walk the line,” October 2004, Schuman, Aaron.

Art in America, “Reviews: Berlin – Alec Soth at Wohnmaschine,” October 2004, Phillips, Christopher.

Modern Painters, “Lost in Curation,” Autumn 2004, Aletti, Vince.

Rain Taxi Review of Books, “Sleeping by the Mississippi,” Fall 2004, Gordon, Glenn.

Photo District News, “In Print: Sleeping by the Mississippi,” September 2004, Lehan, Joanna.

Photo District News, “Magnum inducts new members,” September 2004.

City Pages, “The A-List,” August 11, 2004.

Der Tagesspiegel, “Amerikanische Seele,” August 7, 2004, Daniels, Corinna.

St. Paul Pioneer Press, “Mythic River,” July 18, 2004, O’Sullivan, Thomas.

Minnesota Public Radio, “All Things Considered,” July 12-16,2004, Combs, Marianne.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Mississippi Dreaming,” July 9, 2004, Abbe, Mary.

ArtNews, “Reviews: Alec Soth at Yossi Milo,” Summer 2004, Cone, Michele C.

San Francisco Gate, “Reviews: Alec Soth,” July 2004, Bing, Alison.

Photo District News Online, “Magnum Members Grapple with the Future at Annual Meeting,” July 1, 2004, DeFoore, Jay.

Minnesota Monthly, “Sleeping by the Mississippi: Portfolio by Alec Soth,” July 2004, Gihring, Tim.

The Rake Magazine, “A River Runs Through Us,” July 2004, Caniglia, Julie.

The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, “A River Runs Through It,” June 27, 2004, Turner, Christopher.

Art in America, “Report from New York: The Well-Tempered Biennial,” June/July 2004, Heartney, Eleanor.

San Francisco Chronicle, “Alec Soth at Wirtz,” June 12, 2004, Baker, Kenneth., “Alec Soth, Sleeping by the Mississippi, is now wide awake in Minneapolis,” June 8, 2004, Fallon, Michael.

Flash Art, “Whitney Biennial 2004: A Good-Looking Corpse,” May/June 2004, Dunn, Melissa.

Photo District News, “The Year in Review: Award Winners of the Year,” May 2004.

Photo-Eye, “Survey of New Books,” Summer 2004.

Artforum, “Reviews: Alec Soth,” Summer 2004, Raymond, Jonathan.

Photo (France), “Alec Soth révéle son Mississippi,” April 2004, No. 408, Théroud, Eve.

The Village Voice, “Show World,” April 19, 2004, Aletti, Vince.

The New York Times, “Art in Review: Alec Soth,” April 16, 2004, Cotter, Holland.

TimeOut New York, “Reviews: Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi,” April 15-22, 2004, Kerr, Merrily.

The New York Sun, “Photography: The Newest Eyes,” April 15, 2004, Meyers, William.

Toronto Star, “Fresh images burst from Whitney Biennial,” April 10, 2004, Goddard, Peter.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, “You can’t buy this kind of publicity,” April 2, 2004, Abbe, Mary.

The New Yorker, “Goings on about Town: Photography,” March 29, 2004.

TIME, “Major Art Attack,” March 29, 2004, Lacayo, Richard.

New York Magazine, “Photography: A River Runs Through It,” March 22-29, 2004, Rosenberg, Karen.

The Wall Street Journal, “Whitney Biennial: A Show the Critics Usually Love to Pan, and for Good Reason,” March 23, 2004, Rosenbaum, Lee.

Toronto Globe and Mail, “Art in a tremulous time (Whitney Biennial),” March 17, 2004, Milroy, Sarah.

The Washington Post, “Whittling Down the Whitney,” March 14, 2004, Gopnik, Blake.

The New York Times, “Touching All Bases at the Biennial,” March 12, 2004, Kimmelman, Michael.

The Village Voice, “A-list,” March 12, 2004, Aletti, Vince.

Daylight Magazine, “Sleeping by the Mississippi,” 2004, Ruskey, John.

Photo District News, “PDN’s 30 2004,” v. XXIV, March, 2004, LaSala, Anthony.

Blind Spot, Issue 26, Winter, 2004. Cover and six color photographs.

Next Level, Edition 2, Vol. 2, Winter, 2004.

Fotopozytyw, “Fotografie dla Carmen,” no. 1, Stycen, 2004, Mazur, Adam.

City Pages, “Artists of the Year,” December 31, 2003, Fallon, Michael.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Three with state ties picked for top show,” December 14, 2003, Abbe, Mary.

City Pages, “One of the Great Ones,” September 10,2003, Fallon, Michael.

Photo District News, “Alec Soth wins Santa Fe Prize,” August, 2003, DeFoore, Jay.

Camera Arts Magazine, Santa Fe Center for Photography 2003 Award Winners Publication insert, Cover and 7 color photographs by Alec Soth, August/September 2003.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Fellow Travelers, Six Photographers,” Sept. 15, 2000, Abbe, Mary.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Photo Exhibits display spiritual musings,” June 19, 1998, Abbe, Mary.


November 2007: Interview by Carrie Thompson: Magnum Blog

Fall 2007: Interview by Jen Bekman: PhotoEye

April 2007: Interview by Paul Laster: Artkrush

August 2006: Conversation with Roger Richards: The Digital Filmmaker

August 2006: Interview with Jörg Colberg: Conscientious

April 2006: MPR interview: After the Falls

April 2006: Walker Art Center blog: The Binoculographer

March 2006: PDN Online: Catching Up With Alec Soth.

July 2005: Conversation with Andrei Codrescu at the Walker Art Center

June 2005: Tom Crann’s interview for Minnesota Public Radio:
The art of taking someone’s picture.

August 2004: Seesaw Online Magazine: The Mississippi

Video Interviews

Sleeping by the Mississippi MPR interview with George Slade

Alec Soth: The Space Between Us by the Jeu de Paume

Atlanta Celbrates Photography by Michael David Murphy

Alec Soth: Portraits (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) by Mike Dust


Transcript of Michael Fallon’s analysis of Alec Soth : Portraits

Transcript of Glenn Gordon’s analysis of Alec Soth : Portraits

Cynde Randall’s essay on Alec Soth : Portraits (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Anne Wilkes Tucker’s essay from the book Sleeping by the Mississippi

Karen Irvine’s essay on Sleeping by the Mississippi
(Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois)

Apsara DiQuinzio’s essay on Sleeping by the Mississippi
(2004 Whitney Biennial Catalogue, Whitney Museum of American Art)

John Ruskey’s essay on Sleeping by the Mississippi (Daylight Magazine)


Dog Days, Bogotá resonates instead as a touchingly optimistic reminder of a place neither Soth’s daughter nor Soth himself should forget.Ana Finel Honigman, ArtForum 2008

Soth has built an international reputation and considerable fame on the strange, gently melancholic images he frames whereever he focuses his lens.Mary Abbe, Star Tribune 2007

Soth’s work represents an old-fashioned kind of imagemaking, fitting into a long line of itinerant photographers running from Carleton Watkins to Robert Frank. Judging from the hyperactive reception to Soth’s work, the art world is eager to annoint a new generation of fresh, road-ready practioners…These are scrupulously accomplished photos.Jonathan Raymond, ArtForum 2004

What Soth found along the Mississippi was a full range of fugitive atmospheres and human eccentricities. The mood in his pictures can be drowsy, lonely, lyrical and sometimes just a bit surreal…like a painting, or at least a good one, Soth’s photographs have layered meanings.Richard Lacayo, TIME Magazine 2004

In short, the trip is an encounter with fame, sex and salvation, three of the great American passions, and with landscapes and interiors, equally ruined and haunted. The final image in Mr. Soth’s book, of a metal bed frame lying half-submerged in Mississippi River swamp weeds, adorned by a few white flowers, is the perfect coda to the series: a kind of dream-memorial to a strange, sad tale persuasively told.Holland Cotter, The New York Times 2004

Alec Soth’s series of color prints explores one of the underlying geographic and identity assumptions that has shaped the American experience. He does so in a manner that projects a confidence and restraint. The result is a body of work that is both compelling and conceptually relevant.Tim Wride, Associate Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2003

His images have an unworldly clarity that comes close to ennobling his modest subjects. At the very least, his technique rejects the casualness that comes with shooting from the hip, and injects an Old Master formality into his photographs.
Blake Gopnik, Washington Post 2004

Niagara is an outsanding photobook: the sequencing unfolds witha rhythm that amplifies its impact, personal design touches abound, and careful nods to other famous works ensure it will be a treasured volume on many a bookshelf.
Photobook Guide 2006

Alec Soth is clearly working within and expanding on the tradition of the lyrical documentary which his photographs so clearly honor and advance. I know of no other photographer in his age group who surpasses his eloquence and poignant sense of place. His mastery of the medium has always been notable, and his eye for the telling nuance, gesture and inflection exceptional.
Ted Hartwell, Curator of Photography, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2003

Alec Soth has a wonderful and terrifying eye. We’ve all seen gritty documentary photography, but no one has ever seen anything like his work!  It’s gritty for sure, but it’s beautiful–really beautiful.  With most documentary photography, you look at it, sigh, and pass on, but Soth’s work keeps pulling you back to look again because he composes with the skill of the greatest of photographic artists.John Wood, Editor 21st: The Journal of Contemporary Photography 2004

It has that wonderful richness of a grand idea yet the story is in the details. He’s captured elements of our American-ness that moved me on a totally personal level, yet he’s able to take the ordinary and transform it through his perception to a higher plane so it has meaning to others.Anne Tucker, Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston 2003

Alec Soth startles the sleepers along the Mississippi for a brief but profound moment; they open their eyes to his camera just long enough to reveal the immemorial, often dreamless, sometimes hopelessly trashy quality of their sleep, then sink back into the mud of their impecunious marginality. Alec Soth’s visual journey has the decency (or affection) to disturb none of his subjects, though he disturbed me, a viewer, plenty.Andrei Codrescu, poet and NPR contributor 2003

The much-touted “find,” from this year is Alec Soth, a 34-year-old Minnesota photographer favouring large Chromogenic colour prints from his series, Sleeping By The Mississippi. These are gorgeous pieces, their formality leavened by just a hint of something twisted.Peter Goddard, Toronto Star 2004

Alec Soth has done something that has changed the course of the medium that will be followed.Joel Sternfeld, Art Review Magazine 2004

Working in color in an unfussy documentary style that echoes Walker Evans, Stephen Shore, and Thomas Struth, Soth gives traditionalism a soulful spin.Vince Aletti, The New Yorker 2006

Writers such as Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Mark Twain are all brought to mind by Soth’s sympathetic portraits of the eccentrics, outcasts and lost souls that he encountered in his travels…[his work] shows a poise and authority that is nothing short of remarkable.Christopher Phillips, Art in America 2004