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Photographs of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region

 Collection
Call Number: WA Photos Folio 213

Description of Photographs

Photographs created by John Willis and printed as 98 inkjet color prints that document sites chiefly at South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region as well as Nebraska and North Dakota in 2018-2019, although predominantly in 2019.

Images at South Dakota principally relate to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation including the communities of Batesland, Kyle, Pine Ridge, Potato Creek, and Sharps Corner as well as other sites at South Dakota including the Black Hills, Interior, Manderson, Pierre, and Rapid City.

Events documented at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation include a fireworks celebration for the Fourth of July and a prairie fire at Pine Ridge, an automobile show at Kyle, and a powwow at Batesland. Portraits of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents include Duane Reddest, Emma Waters, Kathy Waters, and Thomas C. Casey, also known as Crash. Images at Pierre consist of interior views of the South Dakota State Capitol.

Images at the Mexican-American Border Region includes views of immigrants and settlements at Ambos Nogales (Spanish for "both Nogales"), which encompasses the two adjoining border cities of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, as well as Boquillas del Carmen in Mexico and Big Bend National Park and Terlingua in Texas. A group of images document floral tributes to victims of a mass shooting on August 3, 2019, which were left at the site of the tragedy at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Images at North Dakota include a view of Lake Oahe as well as views of former camp sites near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and at the eastern edge of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation for activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Images at Nebraska document the site of the Whiteclay Makerspace, a planned community workspace in a repurposed liquor store at Whiteclay as well as a view of a Family Dollar store.

Dates

  • 2018-2019

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The John Willis, Photographs of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Willis on the Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2020.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Inkjet Prints, 13 x 19 inches (32.8 x 48.2 centimeters), 2018-2019. Inkjet Prints, 24 x 31 inches (61 x 78.7 centimeters), 2019.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

58 broadsides

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.willissdborder

Overview

Photographs created by John Willis and printed as 98 inkjet color prints that document sites chiefly at South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region as well as Nebraska and North Dakota in 2018-2019, although predominantly in 2019.

John Willis (born 1957)

John Willis is a documentary photographer and emeriti professor of photography at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. His monographs include Recycled Realities, co-authored with Tom Young (Center for American Places, 2002), Views from the Reservation (Center for American Places, 2010), and Mni Wiconi - Water Is Life Honoring the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and Everywhere in the Ongoing Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty (Staunton, Virginia: George F. Thompson Publishing, 2019). 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

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Many discrete images share the same title throughout the collection.

Titled, signed, and dated by the photographer on versos of prints.

Titles in this guide are from the inscriptions by the photographer on versos of prints.

Each folder in the collection contains a single inkjet print.

Source

Creator

Title
John Willis, Photographs of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Mexican-American Border Region
Status
Completed
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
April 2021
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