Google Campus, Mountain View, 2013
When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art asked photographer Alec Soth to go photograph Silicon Valley, he faced a quandary: how do you photograph something where most of the action is happening in the cloud.
“We have an idea what Silicon Valley is, but it just sort of exists in our imagination,” says Soth. “What is so fascinating about the most recent rush to Silicon Valley is that the harvest is invisible — the gold is in the cloud.”
Soth, in his black and white pictures, which are display in Los Altos this month as part of a SFMOMA exhibit, went after the absences, the surfaces, and the landscape surrounding the ephemeral.
This post has been updated with additional photos