press release

“A waking dream” describes Sleeping by the Mississippi, a series of photographs created by Minneapolis-based artist Alec Soth. From childhood, the photographer felt the pull of the nearby Mississippi River and its promise of exotic adventures like those of Huck Finn. In 1999, Soth embarked on the first of several road trips from which resulted these powerful images of the strange and beautiful world along America’s third coast. From north to south—the frozen riverbanks of Minnesota to the Gulf’s “dead zone” at Venice, Louisiana—Soth documented the eccentric people, unusual landscapes, and curious interiors along the Mississippi with a singular dreamlike vision.

The exhibition Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi includes 20 large-scale photographs and is accompanied by a hardcover book published by Steidl.

Sleeping by the Mississippi is organized by Magnum Photos.


Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi