A 10-print folio
of wheat country landscapes
Don Kirby’s Wheat Country portfolio appeared in LensWork #33 back in January, 2001. This work, primarily from the wheat-raising region of eastern Washington known as the Palouse, focuses on the interplay between fields and sky. The images are from Kirby’s book, Wheat Country, published by Nazraeli Press.
This is our second folio of this work; the first was released in June, 2003 as a gelatin silver collection of 13 images. In this new folio of 10 pigment-on-paper images, we’ve selected several new images not released in the first version and also include some of Kirby’s now-iconic images of this photogenic landscape.
“Wheat country photography started for me in 1991. The graphic patterns made by the combines in the wheat fields were striking. Initially my response was to the pure graphics of the land: contoured patterns of strip farming; freshly tilled soil, lyrical patterns made by the grain drill as it turned at the end of immense fields; and patterns made by the harvesters. I continued to photograph and now include cloud patterns reflecting the land forms.”- Don Kirby