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About the Book

In 2005, Rebecca Norris Webb set out to photograph her home state of South Dakota, a sparsely populated frontier state on the Great Plains with more buffalo, pronghorn, mule deer and prairie dogs than people. It’s a land of powwows and rodeos, a corn palace and buffalo roundups. Dominated by space and silence, South Dakota’s harsh and beautiful landscape is sometimes prey to brutal wind and extreme weather. The next year, however, everything changed for Norris Webb, when one of her brothers died unexpectedly of heart failure. “For months,” she writes in the afterword to this volume, “one of the few things that eased my unsettled heart was the landscape of South Dakota…I began to wonder — does loss have its own geography?” My Dakota — which interweaves her spare text and lyrical photographs — is a small intimate book about the West and its weathers, and an elegy for a lost brother.

About the Artist

Originally a poet, Rebecca Norris Webb often interweaves her text and photographs in her books, most notably with her monograph My Dakota—an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly—with a solo exhibition of the work at The Cleveland Museum of Art, summer 2015. She has published five photography books, including the collaborative books Memory City and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (both with Alex Webb) the latter exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, and Le Monde among other publications, and her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY. She’s currently working on two new projects in the U.S.

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