Photographer Byron Wolfe traveled to Deer Creek in California to capture the locations of a series of photographs of Ishi, “the last wild Indian in North America,” taken in 1914. His purpose was to show what had changed in the intervening century, to pose questions about the original photographers’ intentions and choices, whether and in what sense they took the results to be “authentic” portraits of Ishi’s earlier life, and what they wanted people to find in, and take away from, the pictures they took. Wolfe’s photographs juxtaposed with the originals accompany an essay by Troy Jollimore, a meditation on Ishi’s legacy, wilderness, and how the art and artifice of photography helps us make sense of people, place, and history.
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Research Article| September 01 2014
“Some Version of the Same River”: Rephotographing Ishi with Byron Wolfe
Boom (2014) 4 (3): 36–45.
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Troy Jollimore; “Some Version of the Same River”: Rephotographing Ishi with Byron Wolfe. Boom 1 September 2014; 4 (3): 36–45. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.3.36
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