Prairie Stories | Photographs by Terry Evans
Photographs by Terry Evans. Radius Books, 2013. 176 pp., 69 color illustrations/31 duotone illustrations, 9.5 x 9.5".
This is a great addition any book collection. Terry Evans' artist talk at the 2017 Filter Photo Festival focused on her 45-year career in photography and the thread that connects her projects. She's such an inspiration to photographic artists.
The small Kansas town of Matfield Green and the surrounding prairie hills are the focus of this extended project by photographer Terry Evans. A small town in Chase County with a population of just dozens and only one commercial establishment, a bar-cafe, the community continues to thrive. While Evans remains faithful to the people and place, this is less of a documentary book and more like a set of short stories inspired by Matfield Green and the surrounding prairie.
Evans first began visiting Matfield Green in 1990 and photographed there often over the next eight years. She returned ten years later, in 2008, and photographed the residents and their land through 2010. Eloquent yet resolutely unsentimental, her images span twenty years in the life of the town, and capture the beauty and endurance of the prairie and its dedicated inhabitants.