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Shane Balkowitsch : Northern Plains Native Americans – A Modern Wet Plate Perspective


“For the folks of many different Indian tribes who sit for [Shane’s] portraits, and who often become his life-long friends, Shane builds lasting rapport. It is this rapport, and the importance of honest collaboration between people of different cultures, that is so vital for our country and is at the heart of moving forward as a nation …” – Debra A. Haaland, U.S. Congresswoman for New Mexico’s 1st District, Laguna Pueblo, March 21st, 2019 North Dakotan Shane Balkowitsch’s first personal camera was not an Instamatic Kodak or a point-and-shoot Nikon, but rather a large format wet plate camera. As a self-taught ‘image-maker’ and one of the fewer than 1,000 wet plate collodion artists practicing around the world, Balkowitsch has devoted himself fully to mastering the obsolete photographic technology since 2012. Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective (Glitterati Editions, Fall 2019) presents a selection from Balkowitsch’s photographic project which aims to capture 1000 wet plate portraits of Native Americans. Following in the footsteps of Edward S. Curtis and Orlando Scott Goff, Balkowitsch pays homage to his home state […]

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