Nancy Rexroth


From 1970 to 1976 Nancy Rexroth (b. 1946) completed Iowa, a series of images that evoke her memories and dreams of childhood in the Midwest. Working with a plastic toy Diana camera, she embraced its defects—irregular exposures, bent perspective, and blurred focus as she photographed rural landscapes, children, white frame houses, and domestic interiors. As Nancy explains, "The Diana's made for feelings. Diana images are often something you might see faintly in the background of a photograph... sometimes, I feel I could step over the edge of a frame and walk backwards into this unknown region. Then I would keep right on walking…"

Rexroth’s work is held by major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Bibliothéque Nationale de France, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.