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Through a Woman's Lens Honorable Mention

Cheyenne River

Emily Schiffer | South Dakota, USA, United States

Organization: Visura

HORSES: Lola and Kel take turns leading each other on Peanut the Pony while adults set up camp. The Fred Dupris Memorial Ride, a three-day covered wagon and horseback ride through the prairie, honored Fred Dupris and Good Elk Woman, the couple responsible for saving the buffalo.

In 2005, I founded a photography program for young people on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. For twelve years, my students and I have photographed together and are all subjects of each other’s work.

Our favorite locations 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.

Children have a unique ability to experience love, joy, and pain simultaneously, without compartmentalizing their experiences. I aim to convey this complexity. My images explore play as a vehicle through which children reveal and negotiate their emotions, histories, and desires.

Sioux YMCA, Cheyenne River Reservation, SD

Emily Schiffer

1669 Springfield Ave #3

Maplewood, NJ 07040

347 451 7095


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