Danny Wilcox Frazier | Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie

Country of origin: United States
Project location: United States
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2016

The Lone Prairie is at once a place of pain and vanished prosperity, yet also rich with tradition and soul. My work in Nebraska is not a record of the physical landscape of the Great Plains, but rather a testimony of the emotional landscape that remains. My photographs bridge those feelings of loss and pride, striking an unsettling union between the two.

In Nebraska, 22 counties have lost more than 60 percent of their population between 1900 and 2010. Nationally, rural communities have lost over 12 million people since 2000. The most recent census puts its share of the nation’s population at just 16 percent – the lowest in recorded history and down from 72 percent a century ago.

This project recognizes and celebrates those individuals working to maintain their culture and identity in small towns and rural outposts throughout this vast region.