Alec Soth has been one of the most important photographers on the international photography scene since his first major work Sleeping by the Mississippi in 2004. Soth is a visual artist, Magnum photographer, blogger, publisher, and educator. He explores the many different forms of photography and how they present themselves in the world. As a lyrical documentary photographer—in the tradition of Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld—Soth sees himself primarily as an American photographer. The landscapes of the USA, the majestic Mississippi, the thundering Niagara Falls, the vast and open deserts, the small cities and suburbs: all of these have created the structure and framework for his poetic studies of American life.