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Guide to the Danny Wilcox Frazier Photographs, 2003-2006

Summary

Collection comprises twenty-five black and white gelatin silver 16x20 inch exhibit prints, representing a larger body of work on contemporary Iowa rural culture. The images portray a changing Midwest of vanishing towns and transformed landscapes. Scenes include cemeteries, slaughterhouses, farms, abandoned grain elevators, and fields. Individuals inhabiting the scenes include young people at leisure, fishermen on the Mississippi, hunters in fields, veterans on Memorial Day, Amish families, as well as more recent arrivals to Iowa, Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews at prayer and migrant workers in the fields and at home. The prints are housed in exhibit mats. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11129
Title
Danny Wilcox Frazier photographs
Date
2003-2006
Extent
3 Linear Feet, 2 boxes; 25 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises twenty-five black-and-white gelatin silver 16x20 inch exhibit prints, representing a larger body of work by Danny Wilcox Frazier on contemporary Iowa rural culture. The images portray a changing Midwest of vanishing towns and transformed landscapes. Scenes include cemeteries, slaughterhouses, farms, abandoned grain elevators, and fields. Individuals inhapbiting the scenes include young people at leisure, fishermen on the Mississippi, hunters in fields, veterans on Memorial Day, Amish families, as well as more recent arrivals to Iowa, Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews at prayer and migrant workers in the fields and at home. The prints are arranged in exhibit number order, and are housed in hinged window mats.

The prints were featured in an exhibit entitled Driftless: Photographs from Iowa at Duke University in 2007. The term "Driftless" refers to a geological area of the Midwest untouched by glaciers. A recording of the artist's talk is available through the online exhibit.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Danny Wilcox Frazier photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Rainstorm, Iowa City, 2004
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-01
A young girl dreams of becoming a summer festival queen like her older sister, Conesville, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-02
Cemetery, St. Michael’s Church, Holbrook, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-03
Shooting bottles along the Iowa River, Johnson County, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-04
Slaughterhouse, Solon, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-05
Bull rider and farmhand Rusty Caudle, North Liberty, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-06
Sunlight across an open field, central Iowa, 2004
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-07
An Old Order Amish family walks to church on Easter Sunday, Washington County, 2005
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-08
Gabriel Stutzman, the youngest of nine children raised by his Beachy Amish parents on the family’s farm, Kalona, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-09
Migrant workers endure long hours bent over while harvesting watermelon, Conesville, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-10
Sunrise, Yellow River State Forest, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-11
At Jumping Rock, a notorious party spot along the Iowa River, North Liberty, 2003
Box 1
Print RL-11129-P-12
Gabriel Stutzman and his brother Karlin collect firewood for the wood-burning furnace that heats their home, Kalona, 2003
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-13
Deer hide rotting inside a wheelbarrow, Kalona, 2003
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-14
Grain elevator, Frytown, 2003
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-15
Grain elevator and abandoned train, Lake Park, 2004
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-16
Guns are checked as snowfall limits visibility, opening day of deer season, near Kalona, 2005
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-17
Snow storm, Hills, Iowa, 2004
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-18
Hot Body Contest, Ottumwa, 2004
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-19
Latino residents share drinks on a summer evening, Conesville, 2003
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-20
Wedding day, Conesville, 2006
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-21
Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews praying, Postville, Iowa, 2003. Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews bought a closed meatpacking plant in Postville, converting it into a kosher slaughterhouse
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-22
Members of VFW Post 6414, Memorial Day, Riverside, 2003
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-23
A migrant worker rests after a fourteen-hour day in the fields, Conesville, 2003
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-24
Dirt road, near Lone Tree, 2003
Box 2
Print RL-11129-P-25
 

Historical Note

Danny Wilcox Frazier (b. 1971) is a documentary photographer based in the Midwest. His book, DRIFTLESS: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM IOWA, was published by Duke University Press in 2007, and won the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman Book Prize in Photography.


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Provenance

The Danny Wilcox Frazier photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2007.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, February 2016. Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2007-0161.