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Photographs of Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico, and South Dakota

Call Number: WA Photos Folio 155

Content Description

Inkjet prints of photographs by John Willis that document sites, events, and persons in Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico, and South Dakota in 2010-2011.

Photographs of Arizona include views of Canyon de Chelly and Winslow as well as communities at Navajo Nation including Chinle, Kayenta, and Tuba City, as well as discrete groups of images in Window Rock of the Navajo Military Graveyard and "wheatpaste" photographic poster murals by physician photographer James Edward Thomas, also known as Chip Thomas or "jetsonorama." Other images include views of the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant located near Page.

A single view in Connecticut documents a billboard near Waterbury.

Photographs of New Mexico include views of El Santuario de Chimayó in Chimayo, Edgewood, El Morro National Monument, Penitentiary of New Mexico, Silver City, Truth or Consequences, and Zuni Indian Reservation.

Photographs of South Dakota document sites at Interior as well as documenting the town's Interior Frontier Days, a rodeo held on Independence Day weekend.

The inkjet prints in this series measure 28.8 x 43.2 centimeters on paper of various sizes approximately 33 x 48 centimeters.

Signed by photographer and manuscript titles on verso of most prints.


  • 2010-2011


Language of Materials

Inscriptions in English.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Willis on the Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2012.


Organized into three series: I. Arizona, 2010-2011, II. New Mexico, 2011, III. South Dakota, 2011.


5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

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Inkjet prints of photographs by John Willis that document sites, events, and persons in Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico, and South Dakota in 2010-2011.

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.

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Guide to the John Willis Photographs of Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico, and South Dakota
Matthew Daniel Mason
October 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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