Alec Soth. Gathered Leaves
03.05.2022 – 24.07.2022
Alec Soth (*1969) is considered one of the most important representatives of documentary photography today. The exhibition “Gathered Leaves” in the Kunstfoyer Munich, from 3 May to 24 July 2022, provides a deep insight into the work of the Magnum photographer in a comprehensive show with around 90 works, publications and accompanying drafts.
In the Kunstfoyer, the five characteristic series “Sleeping by the Mississippi” (2004). “Niagara” (2006), “Broken Manual” (2010), “Songbook” (2014) and “A Pound of Pictures” (2022) will be presented.
The physical landscapes of his native USA – the majestic Mississippi, the thundering Niagara Falls, the wide open deserts and pristine areas, the small towns and urban fringes – form the structure and setting of his poetic studies of American life. The subjects of Alec Soth’s works are the American ideals of independence, freedom, spirituality and individuality, which the photographer expresses in everyday scenes. The essence of the human being always remains the central aspect of his intimate portraits, his trained eye is directed at the story behind the visual narrative – at human emotions, personal destinies and longings. In doing so, Soth always follows his aesthetic approach: “to me the most beautiful thing is vulnerability”.