Coming to Iowa’s Blanden Memorial Art Museum is a photographic exhibit by David Plowden who is considered one of America’s best known documentary photographers. His images are held in private collections as well as many museums. His images have also graced the pages of 21 published books and many leading periodicals. David Plowden has been visiting Iowa for over fifty years photographing its landscape and architecture.How many of us can say that we have even paid attention to our surroundings for even a fraction of that time. When was the last time you took a camera and walked around your own town taking photographs of its architecture? Now, you all probably thinking there is nothing unique or magical about where I live but I’ll bet if you really look you might be surprised. So, take the challenge and do it.
As for David Plowden’s photographs they will be on display at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
August 30, 2014—December 31, 2014
David Plowden’s Iowa
A traveling exhibition sponsored by Humanities Iowa
“Humanities Iowa is proud to announce the release of David Plowden’s Iowa; a capstone collection of Iowa photography from an American master. Proclaimed “an American treasure” by historian David McCullough, David Plowden has produced 20 books of photos and won many prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967. His latest collection is curated from over four decades photographing our state, and offers a view of Iowa that is nostalgic yet timeless. David Plowden’s Iowa contains over 70 pages of photographs, along with an introductory essay by Rima Girnius, PhD, that masterfully interprets Plowden’s Iowa photos and places them firmly within the context of his illustrious career. This book also includes a short biography as well as a conversation with Plowden about his work.”*Since December 2011 a traveling exhibition of photographs from David Plowden’s Iowa has been on display throughout the state. “ In this exhibition, Plowden’s photographs entice the viewer to get a “sense of” what life was, or still is, like in rural Iowa. He does not define Iowa or its inhabitants for his audience; instead, Plowden’s photographs rely on the viewer’s interpretation.”* David Plowden’s photographs are on display at the following venues through 2014.