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In 2011, five Magnum photographers and one writer boarded an RV for a two-week photographic road trip from Texas to California. The result was Postcard From America, a multi-platform interactive project, a photographic embrace of happenstance and improvisation.

The success of the experiment spawned several spin-off events across the U.S., but it had a less celebrated by-product too: for the past four years, the RV has been parked, mostly unused, in photographer Alec Soth’s driveway. “I have this big vehicle in my life that just sits there,” he tells

Faced with this automotive encumbrance—as well as a wish to take a break from his successful publishing business Little Brown Mushroom—Soth has launched the Winnebago Workshop, aptly named after the RV’s make. The idea will see teenaged artists team up with established mentors to produce visual stories using photography, video, drawing and writing, all in and around Soth’s RV.

“We did a pilot run this summer,” says Soth. “We took day trips. Each day, we threw a dart on a map and went to that spot.”

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