DANNY WILCOX FRASIERDanny Wilcox Frazier has documented people struggling to survive the economic shift that has devastated rural communities across his home state of Iowa and the Badlands of the Dakotas for the past six years. His book, Driftless: Photographs from Iowa, was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. It was published by Duke University Press and the Center for Documentary Studies in 2007. Photographer Robert Frank, author of The Americans, selected Frazier’s work for the prize. Frazier has since directed a documentary covering issues highlighted by his book. He is a contributing photographer at Mother Jones and CR magazines. His foreign assignments have taken him to Afghanistan, India, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kosovo and Mexico. In 2004, Frazier received a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where he taught photojournalism during his graduate studies.


“Danny photographs his midwestern American roots with deep affection and an ongoing commitment  to reveal a complex, unvarnished reality. He covers territory that is not heavily photographed these days, coming to it with optimism and his eyes open.”

Leah Bendavid-Val

is the author, most recently, of SIBERIA



Great Plains, southwestern South Dakota.

Great Plains, southwestern South Dakota.


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