The son of a sharecropper in northwestern Missouri, Mr. Kirby grew up turning the surface of the earth upside down. A half century later, he has emerged as the preeminent photographer of the Plains in the Midwest; and the landscape of the Southwest. A master of both his medium and chosen subject matter, Kirby’s sweeping, geometric photographs of wheatfields in the American Northwest manage to convey both a sense of wonder and a deep understanding of the land, our dependence on it for our survival, and its own survival of the uses and abuses we impose upon it.
A monograph of Don Kirby’s work WHEATCOUNTRY was published by Nazraelli Press. Mr. Kirby’s photographs have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States.