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by Dennis Witmer

Just north of the Arctic Circle sits Kotzebue, a town of the Inupiat people that has endured for over a century. In this compelling visual essay, Dennis Witmer captures scenes on its Front Street, the main thoroughfare whose buildings have evolved from the sod huts of Native cultures to permanent wood and concrete edifices. From front yards with parked snow machines to townspeople peacefully strolling down sidewalks, the striking black-and-white images in Front Street, Kotzebue offer a thought-provoking view of life in the Arctic and people’s methods of coexisting with the brutality of nature.
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ISBN: 0977102823
ISBN13: 978-0977102822
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Dennis Witmer
Language: English
Publisher: Far to the North Press; First Edition edition (October 9, 2008)
Pages: 48 pages
ePUB size: 1922 kb
FB2 size: 1788 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 181
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In keeping with Dennis Witmer's earlier projects, his latest book, "Front Street, Kotzebue," follows his tradition of quiet, carefully composed images that reflect upon the sense of place.

The images seem composed as a reminder of the constant internal battle between the beauty, remoteness, and native industry, versus the desecration, trash, haphazardness, and lack of respect for controls that seem the hallmarks of communities like Kotzebue.

In this beautifully printed book of large-format, black-and-white images, Witmer's photographs describe those conflicts precisely, with both candor and affection. It is at once both a loving description of this tiny little corner of Alaska, and a cautionary tale of a community living on the edge.

This is a tale tempered by the extraordinary beauty and unforgiving relation with nature, with the reality that we can't leave only footprints. Coupled with a classic use of large format photographic technique applied with full mastery of the process, this book is a quiet, contemplative, and sublime experience.
The images captured between the covers are beautiful and honest. We see how the residents live in this remote coastal village, and in so doing get a brief glimpse into their lives.
Front Street, Kotzebue preserves images and memories of Kotzebue, Alaska in the late 1970's. Kotzebue is an Inupiaq Eskimo village on the shores of the Chukchi Sea, but it is also a regional center for all the nearby smaller villages. There are no roads to or from Kotzebue. Winter travel is by snowmachine, airplane and still a few dog teams. Summer travel is by airplane (including jets) and boats. Hence, the importance of Front Street, where snowmachines arrive in winter from across the sea ice and boats arrive and depart all summer (late June is ice out, mid October is freeze up.) Dennis Witmer is my friend. I often saw him lugging his old tripod-mounted, early 1900's contact cameras around Kotzebue summer and winter in all kinds of weather, mostly very cold and windy. The photographer is tough. The photographs warm my heart. Jerald Stroebele, Anchorage, Alaska
This book is nothing short of remarkable. Dennis has made a distinguished career for himself in Alaska, and we are indebted to his steady eye and craftsmanship. With Kotzebue, he has produced a book that sets a new standard for photography books on Alaska. This book isn't about tourism or easy cliches - it's scope is larger than that.

This book is a must for any discerning collector, or appreciator, of photography.