Saturday, March 26, 2011


Fallen Tree, 1996
Photograph (c) Raymond Meeks

"I was driving towards the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the home of the Oglala Sioux nation and the birthplace of Leonard Peltier, who was convicted for aiding and abetting the execution style murder of two F.B.I agents during a 1975 shootout on the reservation. The indictment has been controversial (here), the subject of a film by Robert Redford and Michael Apted, Incident at Oglala, which portrays Peltier as a political prisoner.

I had just come from the U.S. penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas where I’d made a few portraits of Leonard Peltier for a magazine commission. The fallen tree, partially submerged in this dried, frozen river bed, seemed a fitting metaphor to accompany the story I was illustrating."–Raymond Meeks (from photo-eye Blog: 3.22.11)

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