Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans

Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans

by Keith F. Davis, Jane L. Aspinwall, April M. Watson
     
 

The landscape and people of the American Midwest have captivated photographer Terry Evans (b. 1944) throughout her forty-year photographic career. Evans has a deep connection to her native region, which she has explored from a variety of visual and thematic perspectives. Heartland traces the evolution of Evans’s vision, beginning in the early 1970s

Overview

The landscape and people of the American Midwest have captivated photographer Terry Evans (b. 1944) throughout her forty-year photographic career. Evans has a deep connection to her native region, which she has explored from a variety of visual and thematic perspectives. Heartland traces the evolution of Evans’s vision, beginning in the early 1970s with her social documentary images of people in Kansas. She became a landscape photographer in 1978, focusing on the grasses, land, and skies of the prairie; this was followed by an aerial survey of the entire Great Plains, from Texas to Canada. She has also photographed Chicago from the air, an abandoned military site, small-town life in Kansas, and historical samples of prairie flora and fauna from Chicago’s Field Museum. More recently, she has documented the steel industry in the Midwest and oil and gas drilling in North Dakota. This generously illustrated book examines all of these works, which together reveal the enduring beauty of the prairie landscape.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Evans has been photographing people and landscapes in the Great Plains for the last 40 years. This title, compiled by Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) curators Davis, Jane L. Aspinwall, and April M. Watson, includes 108 color and black-and-white photographs taken by Evans between 1972 and 2012 and three scholarly essays. The text addresses Evans's early artistic life, the cultural and artistic history of the Great Plains beginning with European exploration, and historical developments in aerial photography. All of the essays contextualize the artist's investigation of the prairie's peoples, places, and landscapes. Nearly all of the images speak to human influence on vast landscapes. Of unique interest is the series "Prairie Specimens," in which Evans composed images of prairie flora and fauna found in the historical specimen collection at Chicago's Field Museum. All of the images work to give a full-textured view of the mid-American landscape. VERDICT For those interested in contemporary American photography, Great Plains history, and the impact of human activities on the physical landscape.—Valerie Nye, Inst. of American Indian Arts Lib., Santa Fe, NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300190755
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2012
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Keith F. Davis is senior curator of photography, Jane L. Aspinwall is associate curator, and April M. Watson is associate curator, all at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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