In 2005, photographer and poet Rebecca Norris Webb (born 1956) set out to photograph her home state of South Dakota , a sparsely populated border state on the Great Plains with more buffalo, pronghorn, deer, and prairie dogs than people. . It is a land of Native Americans, rodeos, and home to the only "corn palace" in the world.Dominated by space and silence, South Dakota's harsh and beautiful landscape can be harsh and unforgiving, prey to brutal wind and extreme weather. This was the South Dakota that Norris Webb set out to photograph.
The following year, however, everything changed for Rebecca, when one of her brothers unexpectedly died of cardiac arrest . "For months," he writes in the epilogue to this volume, "one of the few things that eased my restless heart was the landscape of South Dakota...I began to wonder: does loss have its own geography?"
An instant classic of the genre, Rebecca Norris Webb's beautiful photobook: My Dakota, weaves together the photographer's lyrical imagery and reproduced text in her own handwriting. It is a small intimate book about the West and its peculiarities, and an elegy for a lost brother .