Photos courtesy of Weinstein Hammons Gallery
Minneapolis photographer Alec Soth’s work is internationally acclaimed and in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among many others. Now, his work is on exhibition through March 26 in a new show of 16 large-format images, titled “A Pound of Pictures,” at the Weinstein Hammons Gallery in Minneapolis.
Shot between 2018 and 2021 (here’s a short video about the project), Soth’s latest project is named for a Los Angeles vendor he met who sold photographs “by the pound.” As usual, Soth elevates the quotidian to the extraordinary, whether he has captured a gardener in an urban plot, a bust of Lincoln seat-belted into a car, sunbathers, or a moth on an orange slice.
The photographer collected these images while on a road trip, building on previous projects such as “Sleeping by the Mississippi.” The Weinstein Hammons Gallery describes the new work as “reflect[ing] on the photographic desire to pin down and crystallize experiences, especially as they are represented and recollected as printed images.”
Soth has also had solo exhibitions at the Deichtorhallen Internationale Kunst und Fotografie, Hamburg; the National Media Museum, Bradford, UK; The Finnish Museum, Helsinki; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; El museo de Bogotá, Colombia; the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; the Jeu de Paume, Paris; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Coinciding with the exhibition, MACK Books will publish a new monograph titled “A Pound of Pictures” in 2022.