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Emily Sciffer September 8, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Flat Tire. From the series “Cheyenne River”. South Dakota

Emily Sciffer (b. 1980, USA) received her BA in Fine Art and African American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Two years later, she founded the My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, where she continues to teach and shoot. Awards include: the 2010 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture, the 2010 winner of the PDN Photo Annual Personal Project Category, the 2009 Inge Morath Award (Magnum Photos), a Fulbright Fellowship, and recognition for the Leica Oskar Barnak Award. Publications include: Smithsonian Magazine, PDN among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan and The Center for Fine Art Photography.

About the Photograph:

“Keegan, Demi, Destiny and I borrowed their parent’s car and drove an hour down gravel roads to their grandparent’s ranch.  As we exited the car, we noticed a flat tire. We had a problem with our spare, so we happily stayed the night, and spent the next day exploring the vast hills of their grandparent’s property. Our favorite locations on the Cheyenne River Reservation are the fields and abandoned buildings on the fringes of town, forgotten places thick with the past that lend themselves to imaginary games and textured photographs.”

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