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Daniel CoburnDad’s Authority

A complicated relationship with family, and an immersive experience with an evangelical Christian church resulted in my loss of spiritual and domestic faith. My work relates specifically to these personal struggles and explores the quiet suffering that occurs within the perimeter of a family unit living under the auspices of the American Dream. — Daniel W. Coburn

It’s difficult to pinpoint why Daniel W. Coburn’s Next of Kin feels so particularly powerful and honest. Shot in the heart of rural Kansas, the raw unbridled nature of one family’s relationship bleeds through what should be a series of mundane images. Titles for each photograph render simple yet telling hints of an internal dialogue that can only exist from years of things unsaid and every detail feels deeply personal. Coburn captures the silent drama of something so close to him it leaves the viewer unable to separate themselves from the emotion present in every frame. Perhaps it is this homely confrontation that leaves us so spellbound, a mixture of resentment, questions, and hurt always present in a ferocious love. Taken from Feature Shoot

All images © Daniel W. Coburn

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Daniel CoburnJake’s Embrace

Daniel CoburnDane On His Last Leg

Daniel CoburnDisposal

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Daniel CoburnMom Has the Final Say

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I began to make pictures at a point when the residents of Treece had just been told that the government would fund a buyout to help them escape from living on unstable land. Looking at my lens, their eyes express the hesitation, fear, and, for some, excitement about the future. As time passed, and they packed up their belongings, sadness seemed to overcome many of them. And as I photographed the demolition of city hall just one day after watching the city water tower topple to the ground, I witnessed the once-lush landscape transform into a place that seemed barren and dry.—Dina Kantor

Brooklyn-based photographer Dina Kantor has been observing dramatic changes in both life and landscape in Treece, Kansas since the summer of 2010. Over the past two years, this former mining town officially closed down, its residents relocating elsewhere. Interested in how the town’s sense of community is adapting as the people of Treece leave their homes, Kantor’s photographs 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. Taken from Feature Shoot

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