Rebecca Norris Webb: My Dakota
Edited by Alex Webb. Text by Rebecca Norris Webb.
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. South Dakota is a land of powwows and rodeos, corn palaces and buffalo roundups; a harsh and beautiful landscape dominated by space, silence, brutal wind and extreme weather. The next year, however, everything changed for Norris Webb, when her brother died unexpectedly of heart failure. “For months,” she writes in the introduction to this volume, “one of the few things that eased my unsettled heart was the landscape of South Dakota. For each of us, does loss have its own geography?” My Dakota is a small intimate book about the west and its weathers, and an elegy for a lost brother.