Alec Soth - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Soth, Sleeping by the Mississippi, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1999 Alec Soth embarked on a journey that stretched along the Mississippi River, starting in Minnesota and ending in Louisiana. The river served a dual function—on the one hand a geographical guide, and on the other hand an artery pulsating with cells of livelihood that are seldom depicted in mainstream media. The result, Sleeping by the Mississippi, is a photographic diary that lyrically winds down the river, offering intimate viewpoints of the landscapes—desolate or populated—that bolster the river. The Farm, Angola State Prison, Angola, Louisiana, 2002, was taken closer to the end of Soth’s journey. Capturing his inmate subjects from afar as they till the land against a seemingly endless horizon, Soth’s image is a subtle juxtaposition between the alleged freedom offered by the land and the predicament of the inmates.


The Farm, Angola State Prison, Angola, Louisiana

Color coupler print.
30 1/2 x 39 in. (77.5 x 99.1 cm)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 9/10 on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,875

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2 October 2012
New York