Canadian Larry Towell is a great photographer. This is how you can tell: You mention his name in front of any serious and/or professional photographer and to a person, each will go quiet, probably nod. Awed. There are plenty of places to see his photographs, maybe even buy one of his many books. But my interest here today is the creative process and yes I just used those two $10 words together like the pretentious git that I can be. But there you go. I love to hear people talk about their work, their heart’s work. It’s one thing to see what they’ve done, but to hear them describe it, what motivated it and then to see what they ended up producing? I love that and am starting a new series here at 11th ave. dedicated to just that: people talking about the stuff they make.
Larry Towell’s new project has him in South Dakota, Montana and other American sites that will help him explore what Magnum’s photo blog is calling Looking for America: Cowboys ‘n’ Indians. In an interview posted on the blog, Larry describes his own pop culture-shaped childhood view of the frontier and his curiousity about the reality now. He describes the project this way:
As America moves toward the next Federal election, I ask myself if native Americans have been forgotten in the debates, if cowboys are just a thing of the past, and what it means for the people of the Plains to simultaneously celebrate their opposing roots.
You can read the full post here and check back there (or here!) later to see what he comes up with.
So what’re you working on? Or what interesting project have you heard about that someone else is working on? Email me.