ALEC SOTH, SLEEPING BY THE MISSISSIPPI

20th September - 21st October 2017

Beetles+Huxley are delighted to be hosting the first exhibition in London to focus on Alec Soth's critically acclaimed photographic series "Sleeping by the Mississippi". One of the defining publications in the photo-book era, "Sleeping by The Mississippi" is a seminal body of work from the recent history of photography. This latest exhibition will include over twenty-five colour prints, and will include one never-before-exhibited photograph.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the latest MACK edition of the book, which also includes two previously unpublished images. First published by Steidl in 2004, "Sleeping by the Mississippi" was Soth's first book, sold through three editions, and established him as one of the leading lights of contemporary photographic practice.

Evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River between 1999 and 2002, "Sleeping by the Mississippi" captures America's iconic yet often neglected "third coast". Soth's richly descriptive, large-format colour photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors.

Like Robert Frank's classic "The Americans", "Sleeping by the Mississippi" merges a documentary style with poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organising structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust. Thirteen years since the book was first published, the artist's lyrical view has undoubtedly acquired new meanings - ones in which hope, fear, desire and regret coalesce in the evocative journey along this mythic river.

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including "Sleeping by the Mississippi" (2004), "NIAGARA" (2006) "Broken Manual" (2010) and "Songbook "(2015). Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth is a member of Magnum Photos and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013).

MAIDEN ROCK, WISCONSIN, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MAIDEN ROCK, WISCONSIN, 2002

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PETER'S HOUSEBOAT, WINONA, MN, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PETER'S HOUSEBOAT, WINONA, MN, 2002

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FORT JEFFERSON MEMORIAL CROSS, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FORT JEFFERSON MEMORIAL CROSS, 2002

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HARBOR MARINA (MORNING), MEMPHIS, TN, 2000 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HARBOR MARINA (MORNING), MEMPHIS, TN, 2000

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DALLAS (VAGABOND PATH BOOK), 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DALLAS (VAGABOND PATH BOOK), 2002

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LUXORA, ARKANSAS, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LUXORA, ARKANSAS, 2002

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, 2002

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, 2002

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HOLT CEMETERY, NEW ORLEANS, LA, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HOLT CEMETERY, NEW ORLEANS, LA, 2002

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THE FARM, ANGOLA STATE PRISON, LA, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THE FARM, ANGOLA STATE PRISON, LA, 2002

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ANGOLA, LA (SKY AND RIVER), 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ANGOLA, LA (SKY AND RIVER), 2002

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HOME, TREASURE ISLAND CASINO, RED WING, MINNESOTA, 2000 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HOME, TREASURE ISLAND CASINO, RED WING, MINNESOTA, 2000

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GREEN ISLAND, IOWA (BALL OF STRING), 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GREEN ISLAND, IOWA (BALL OF STRING), 2002

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HOTEL, DALLAS CITY, ILLINOIS, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HOTEL, DALLAS CITY, ILLINOIS, 2002

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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, KASKASKIA, IL, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, KASKASKIA, IL, 2002

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JIMMIE'S APARTMENT, MEMPHIS, TN, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JIMMIE'S APARTMENT, MEMPHIS, TN, 2002

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BATON ROUGE, LA, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BATON ROUGE, LA, 2002

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GREEN ISLAND, IOWA, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GREEN ISLAND, IOWA, 2002

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CHARLES LINDBERGH'S BOYHOOD BED, LITTLE FALLS, MINNESOTA, 1999 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHARLES LINDBERGH'S BOYHOOD BED, LITTLE FALLS, MINNESOTA, 1999

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HICKMAN, KENTUCKY, 2002 by ALEC SOTH (Born 1969) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HICKMAN, KENTUCKY, 2002

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