Environmental portraiture

Water Tower, Treece, KS, 2010

Image from DinaKantor.Com. Water Tower, Treece, KS, 2010

The great thing about any documentary project is the people with whom you collaborate to tell the story.  The Recollective’s upcoming audiodoc about Treece, Kansas enabled us to meet dozens of people who are dedicated to making sure that this little town near the Kansas/Oklahoma border isn’t forgotten.  One of those people is Dina Kantor.

Dina is a Brooklyn-based photographer who, for the past few years, has been documenting Treece in the midst its buyout by the EPA.  In an interview with James Pomerantz for the New Yorker Dina explained why she has been photographing the town and the people who called it home. “Ultimately, I want my photographs to serve as an archive of the community, a document of its transformation, and an investigation into the environmental and economic impact of past practices on both individuals and the landscape.”

Image from DinaKantor.Com.  Water Tower, Treece, KS, 2012

Image from DinaKantor.Com. Water Tower, Treece, KS, 2012

On May 1, the Kansas State Historical Society opens “Formerly Known as Treece” an exhibition featuring select photographs from Dina’s gorgeous and haunting series.  Visitors will also be able to hear The Recollective’s half-hour audio doc “Treece, Kansas: Ghost Town in the Making” which will be playing during the exhibition.  You can catch the half-hour special again when Kansas Public Radio airs it on May 19 at 8 PM.

To see more of Dina’s work go to http://www.dinakantor.com/index.php?/work/treece/.

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