The Standing Rock Portraits Sioux Photographed by Frank Bennett Fiske 1900-1915
Territory: USA & Canada
Size: 9 in x 13 in
Illustrations: 140 b&w
- Amazing portrait photography of the Fort Yates Native Americans, and an astonishing historical document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 neighbors: 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.
What the press have said about this book...
“Frank Bennett Fiske, a North Dakota native, began to photograph members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in his studio at Fort Yates, North Dakota over a hundred years ago. Fiske photographed a various women and men Native Americans who were his friends and neighbors, and had lived on this reservation for more than 20 years. The Standing Rocks Portraits depict a selection of these stunning portraits that were taken with a large studio camera on glass plate negatives and have rarely been viewed in public until now.” – The Daily Beast
“Photographer Frank Bennett Fiske (1883–1952) grew up near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, and both his fascination and camaraderie with his neighbors, the Sioux tribe, are apparent in this captivating series of portraits shot at his studio at Fort Yates.” – Publishers’ Weekly
“But Fiske’s style, Lemley said, is cleaner and more documentary than Curtis’. It allows the viewer to see more details of the people and what they wore. And Fiske had other advantages, too.” – CNN