ABOUT THE BOOK
The small Kansas town of Matfield Green and the surrounding prairie hills are the focus of this extended project by photographer Terry Evans. A small town in Chase County with a population of just dozens and only one commercial establishment, a bar-cafe, the community continues to thrive. While Evans remains faithful to the people and place, this is less of a documentary book and more like a set of short stories inspired by Matfield Green and the surrounding prairie.
Evans first began visiting Matfield Green in 1990 and photographed there often over the next eight years. She returned ten years later, in 2008, and photographed the residents and their land through 2010. Eloquent yet resolutely unsentimental, her images span twenty years in the life of the town, and capture the beauty and endurance of the prairie and its dedicated inhabitants.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kansas City native Terry Evans first came to national attention for her aerial photographs of the tallgrass prairie in the 1980s. She remains best known as a landscape photographer of
Midwestern topography. She is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, has exhibited widely, and her work is held in many museum collections including the Chicago Art Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A graduate of the University of Kansas and resident of Salina for over two decades, Evans now makes her home in Chicago.