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Photographs of Arizona, Cambodia, New Mexico, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

 Collection
Call Number: WA Photos Folio 149

Content Description

Inkjet prints of photographs by John Willis that document sites, events, and persons in Arizona, New Mexico, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, chiefly in 2010-2011. The collection also includes composite images related to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and a group of images from a series, "Deteriorating Media," that documents deteriorating magazines at the home of Leroy Reddest of Lost Dog Creek, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

A panoramic photograph of Arizona shows a "wheatpaste" photographic poster mural at a construction site by physician photographer James Edward Thomas, also known as Chip Thomas or "jetsonorama."

Photographs of New Mexico include views at Almagordo, the White Sands Missile Range Museum, and White Sands National Monument.

Photographs of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation document activities at the Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair held at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, August 2011, which include a traditional pow wow parade and dancing, as well as participants and spectators at a basketball tournament, hip hop dancing competition, and rap music contest. Other images of the reservation include views of the gravesite of Red Cloud at the Holy Rosary Mission Church Cemetery, the Lakota Baptist Church, Yellow Bear Dam, parks, and playgrounds, as well as portraits of Lakota and Oglala individuals and groups.

Signed, titled, and dated by the photographer on versos of prints.

Dates

  • 2010-2011

Creator

Language of Materials

Inscriptions in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Willis on the Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2011, and gift of John Willis, 2011.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Arizona, 2011. II. Cambodia, 2010-2011. III. Deteriorating Media, 2011. IV. New Mexico, 2010-2011. V. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 2011.

Extent

10 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.waphotosfolio149

Overview

Inkjet prints of photographs by John Willis that document sites, events, and persons in Arizona, New Mexico, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, chiefly in 2010-2011. The collection also includes composite images related to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and a group of images from a series, "Deteriorating Media," that documents deteriorating magazines at the home of Leroy Reddest of Lost Dog Creek, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

John Willis (born 1957)

John Willis is a documentary photographer and instructor of photography at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. His monographs include Recycled Realities, co-authored with Tom Young (Center for American Places, 2002) and Views from the Reservation (Center for American Places, 2010). Willis has photographs in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. He is also a co-founder with Bill Ledger of the In-Sight Photography Project, a photography outreach project to youth in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.
Title
Guide to the John Willis Photographs of Arizona, Cambodia, New Mexico, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Status
Completed
Author
Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
October 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

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Access Information

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