Lost Nation - Danny Wilcox Frazier

June 6 - August 4, 2017

Artist reception, talk and book signing:
Thursday, June 8, 6pm-8pm

The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco is excited to present its latest exhibition, Lost Nation, featuring photographs by documentary photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier. Lost Nation is a collection from three series of photographs: Driftless, Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie and A Detroit Requiem, all of which were made over the past fifteen years in marginalized communities across the United States. Known for his long term approach, Frazier has worked extensively around the globe but shifted his focus onto the emotional landscape of small town America where he is from.

Frazier has photographed the impact of depopulation on communities across the Midwest and Great Plains, including in his home state of Iowa. His photographs do not shy away from the economic struggles many people face throughout rural America due to out-migration. More importantly though, Frazier’s photographs recognize and celebrate those individuals working to maintain their culture and identity in small towns and rural outposts across the Midwest and Great Plains.

Poetic and dark but illuminated with flashes of insight, this collection of photographs is a portrait of contemporary rural America, but it is also more than that. It shows what is happening in many rural and out-of-the-way communities all over the United States, where people find ways to get by in the wake of closing factories and the demise of family farms. Taken by a true insider who has lived in Iowa his entire life, Frazier’s photographs are rich in emotion and give expression to the hopes and desires of the people who remain, whose needs and wants are complicated by the economic realities remaking rural America.

Frazier is a member of VII Photo Agency. His assignment work includes: Harper’s, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, TIME, Mother Jones, LIFE, Newsweek, Fortune, among others. Since completing his graduate studies at the University of Iowa in 2004, Frazier has continued to teach documentary photography through workshops and classes. Frazier is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships for foreign and domestic projects including: Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (2016), Emergency Fund, Magnum Foundation (2016), The Aftermath Project (2009), Humanities Iowa, an affiliate of the NEH (2009), W. Eugene Smith Grant finalist (2007 and 2008), and the Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Research Abroad (2003). His photographs are in public and private collections, including: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Duke University’s special collections library, Honickman Foundation, and Smithsonian, National Museum of American History.

Danny’s first book, Driftless, was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography in 2006 (judged by Robert Frank) and was published the following year by Duke University Press. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale during the exhibition.

About the prints:

All photographs are printed on a fiber based gelatin silver paper and framing is available.

The photographs in the show are available in two sizes: 16x20 (edition of 25) and 30x40 (edition of 8) unless otherwise noted.

Of special note; a very big thank you to Digital Silver Imaging for their assessment, recommendation and printing of this exhibition. For more information on how they may be of service to you, please visit their website: www.digitalsilverimaging.com