Alec Soth: La belle dame sans merci

About This Project


Keats died on 23 February 1821 in Rome, where his tomb stands, bearing the famous epitaph “Here Lies One Whose Name Was Writ in Water” Soth sets his La belle dame sans merci in Rome, hinting at a fanciful biographical reconstruction and at the same time reconsidering the most typical ways of applying photography to the task of reviewing an specific territory. In fact the result is a project that bears in mind the intention of representing the City of Rome, but updates the method of research on the landscape according to a logic by which the exploration of places occurs in the background of other observations that are performed in the foreground. The city is part of the mystery that this work cannot reveal entirely, but only capture particles.

Text by

Francesco Zanot

MACRO, XV edition