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Guide to the Larry Schwarm "On fire" exhibit photographs, 1990s, 2003

Summary

Collection comprises 76 color photographic prints, measuring from 11x14 to 20x24 inches, depicting the annual prairie fires that sweep across east-central Kansas. These images were taken during the 1990s; the artist has continued taking images of prairie fires up to the present (2015). For the 1990s project, published in a book entitled "On fire," Schwarm was awarded the 2002 Honigman First Book Prize in Photography by the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina. The photographs were displayed in an exhibit entitled "On fire: Larry Schwarm," at Duke University's Rubenstein Library. Also included in the collection is an audio cassette recording of the artist's talk Schwarm gave on November 6, 2003, at the exhibit's opening reception. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11198
Title
Larry Schwarm "On fire" exhibit photographs
Date
1990s, 2003
Extent
7 Linear Feet, 6 boxes; 76 prints
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

Collection comprises 76 color photographic prints, measuring from 11x14 to 20x24 inches, depicting the annual prairie fires that sweep across east-central Kansas. With the exception of one box of unmatted 11x14 prints, the photographs are in hinged window mats measuring 16x20, 20x24, and 24x32 inches. The images were published in a photobook entitled "On fire," for which Schwarm was awarded the 2002 Honigman First Book Prize in Photography by the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina. The photographs were displayed in an exhibit at Duke University Libraries. Also included in the collection is an audio cassette recording of the exhibition talk Schwarm gave on November 6, 2003. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Larry Schwarm "On fire" exhibit photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Unmatted 11 x 14 inch color prints
(27 prints)
Box 1
Matted 11 x 14 inch color prints
(4 prints, In 16 x 20 inch hinged window mats)
Box 2
Matted 11 x 14 inch color prints
(17 prints, In 20 x 24 inch hinged, double-window mats, two prints to a mat; one mat contains only one print.)
Box 3
Matted 16 x 20 inch color prints
(3 prints, In 20 x 24 inch hinged window mats)
Box 3
Matted 11 x 14 inch color prints
(10 prints, In 16 x 20 inch hinged window mats)
Box 4
Matted 11 x 14 inch color prints
(10 prints, In 16 x 20 inch hinged window mats)
Box 5
Matted 20 x 24 inch color prints
(5 prints, In 24 x 32 inch hinged window mats)
Box 6
 

Historical Note

Larry Schwarm studied photography and received his MFA and BFA in photography and sculpture from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Recognizing the fascination that all human beings have with fire, he began photographing the annual midwestern prairie fires in the early 1990s and has continued with this work until 2015. Other recent bodies of work document the F-5 tornado that hit his hometown, Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007; the lives of Kansas farmers, as part of the "Biofuels and Climate Change: Farmers’ Land Use Decisions project," funded in part by the National Science Foundation; and life and society in Cuba, 2010. In 2013–2014, Schwarm was one of eighty artists featured in the exhibit "A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum." His works are held by many museums and galleries in the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Photography at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Related Material

Exhibit (online): On fire: photographs by Larry Schwarm, Duke University Libraries, October 1-31, 2003.

Book (see Duke University Libraries catalog): On fire. Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press : Lyndhurst Books of the Center for Documentary Studies, 2003.


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Provenance

The Larry Schwarm "On fire" exhibit photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, 2016.

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 2003-0269.