Alec Soth

United States (1969)
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View From My Hotel Window, Tokyo

Alec Soth produced a photo-reportage in Tokyo for the New York Times Magazine, countering works that contributed to his fame. Staying at the famous Park Hyatt Hotel, where Sofia Coppola shot Lost in Translation, he decided to discover the Japanese metropolis without ever leaving his room, renting an array of services via the Internet including a sushi chef, ganguro singers or a male expert in seduction. Entirely shot inside the Tokyo hotel, his View From My Hotel Window, Tokyo series was recontextualized in Vevey tailored to a suite at the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes that festivalgoers could see during the day or rent for the night.

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Dog Days, Bogotá

In 2003, Alec Soth spent two months in Colombia for the final stages of the official process to adopt his daughter Carmen. While he was there, he received various documents that the young girl’s birth mother had prepared for the future family. They included a letter in which she addressed her hopes to her baby. With these words and time on his hands, Alec Soth decided to photograph Carmen’s hometown. His project Dog Days, Bogotá proves that beauty and poetry are all around us, even in one of South America’s poorest cities.

Presented in Le Couloir, the corridor of L’Appartement – Espace Images Vevey, specifically designed for children, this urban journey tells the story of parents’ long wait and uncertain expectations as they prepare to adopt a child and start a new life.