Nancy Rexroth: Iowa

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Nancy Rexroth: Iowa

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Photographs by Nancy Rexroth.
Introduction by Mark Power. 
Violet Press, Rochester, NY, 1977. 
120 pp., 11x11 inches

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In the early 1970s, Nancy Rexroth began photographing the rural landscapes, children, white frame houses, and domestic interiors of southeastern Ohio with a plastic toy camera called the Diana. Working with the camera's properties of soft focus and vignetting, and further manipulating the photographs by deliberately blurring or sometimes overlaying them, Rexroth created dreamlike, poetic images of "my own private landscape, a state of mind." She called this state IOWA because the photographs seemed to reference her childhood summer visits to relatives in Iowa. As Mark Power writes in his introduction, "Iowa in Ohio," Rexroth's Iowa is a memory from her childhood past: "The results are these intimate photographs, private and beautiful, which extend traditional ideas about the camera's descriptive abilities. . .They are autobiographical vignettes, not environments, social landscapes, or documents." A beautifully designed and printed book.