Alec Soth, 1969, USA, received a BA at the Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville in 1992. In July 2011 his book Broken Manual will be released. The series, created over the course of four years, investigates spaces people would runaway to, away from civilization. He has photographed monks, survivalists, hermits and runaways. In 2004 he released Sleeping by the Mississippi, evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi river. It is a mix of portraits, landscapes and interiors that poetically documents this American region. Alec has released several other books and has exhibited extensively. He uses a large-format camera. In 2004 Alec became a nominee at Magnum Photos and four years later he became a full member. The following images come from the series Broken Manual, The last days of W and Sleeping by the Mississippi.