THE STANDING ROCK PORTRAITS. Sioux Photographed by Frank Bennett Fiske 1900-1915
Amazing portrait photography of the Fort Yates Native Americans, and an astonishing historical document
First publication of the works of Frank Bennett Fiske
The Standing Rock Sioux of Fort Yates in the west of North Dakota have been frequently in the news recently because of the demonstrations against the oil pipeline that crosses their land. Over 100 years ago Frank Bennett Fiske (1883-1952) photographed members of the Standing Rock people in his studio in his birth place Fort Yates. The men and women he portrayed were his friends and neighbours: Native Americans living in the reservation. With a big studio camera he made photos that have a tremendous depth on glass negatives that have seldom been shown to the public. Now for the first time these photos are published in a book. Photographer and graphic designer Murray Lemley, also from North Dakota, made a selection of the images for this world premiere of Fiske's work.
"These pictures show a historical and artistic vision of proud people in a difficult transitional period. The glass negatives of Frank Fiske are a sumptuous source of information and understanding"- Rod Slemmons (American photography expert)
> Murray Lemley is a North Dakota Native. Photographer, graphic designer and expert on the work of Fiske.