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Lora Webb Nichols

Danziger Gallery Los Angeles

November 19, 2022 – February 4, 2023

Bert Oldham Jr., 1911, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Bert Oldham Jr., 1911

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Albia at Battle Lake Picnic Trip, 1927, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Albia at Battle Lake Picnic Trip, 1927

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Bess Pantle, 1920, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Bess Pantle, 1920

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Elva and Carrie Hinman, 1902, 15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Elva and Carrie Hinman, 1902

15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 10.75 x 11 inches

Edition of 15

Frank and Lois Nichols, 1945, 15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Frank and Lois Nichols, 1945

15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 10.75 x 11 inches

Edition of 15

Harriet Eckerson, 1929, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Harriet Eckerson, 1929

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Lee Jensen, 1932, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Lee Jensen, 1932

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Lizzie Nichols and Perkins, 1913, 15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Lizzie Nichols and Perkins, 1913

15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 10.75 x 11 inches

Edition of 15

Mabel Wilcox and Button, 1902, 15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Mabel Wilcox and Button, 1902

15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 10.75 x 11 inches

Edition of 15

Mary and Maude Platt, 1912, 15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Mary and Maude Platt, 1912

15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 10.75 x 11 inches

Edition of 15

Mary Anderson, 1911, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Mary Anderson, 1911

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Regina Simms and Francis Cook, 1929, 12 x 15 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Regina Simms and Francis Cook, 1929

12 x 15 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 8 x 14 inches

Edition of 15

Skyline Ranch, 1937, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Skyline Ranch, 1937

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Sweet Peas, 1907, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Sweet Peas, 1907

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Sylvia Oldman, 1927, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Sylvia Oldman, 1927

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Ted Higby at Skyline Rodeo, 1928, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Ted Higby at Skyline Rodeo, 1928

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Untitled, 1902, 15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Untitled, 1902

15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 10.75 x 11 inches

Edition of 15

Untitled, 1907, 15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Untitled, 1907

15 x 15 gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 10.75 x 11 inches

Edition of 15

Untitled, 1939, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Untitled, 1939

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Winters and McCarthy, 1933, 15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Winters and McCarthy, 1933

15 x 12 inch gelatin silver print from the original negative

Image size: 14 x 8 inches

Edition of 15

Press Release

Lora Webb Nichols

Gallery II 

November 19, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Danziger Gallery is pleased to continue our exclusive representation of the archive of Lora Webb Nichols with the first show of her work in Los Angeles.  The recent discovery of Nichols’ turn of the century frontier work has been met with the acclaim of such other out of the mainstream photographers as Mike Disfarmer, Seydou Keïta, and Vivian Maier.

Nichols was born in 1883 and grew up in the small mining town of Encampment, Wyoming.  At the age of 16 Lora received her first camera and from that moment and for the next few decades she produced work that is both stunning in its singular voice and revealing in the world it opens up for us.

At first Nichols photographed her family, friends, and the landscape around Encampment, but when the town experienced a copper mining boom Nichols expanded her scope to become a photographer for hire shooting portraits and industrial photographs.  When the boom collapsed, Nichols took the risk of opening her own business in Encampment - The Rocky Mountain Studio - which opened in 1925.  The studio ran for ten years, accumulating 24,000 negatives that illustrate the lives and environment of the people living in and around the town while creating a distinctive and surprising body of work. If one was to attempt an analogy – Nichols’ pictures fit somewhere between Lartigue and Lange - joyful and generous while objectively intimate.  In particular what seems to distinguish Nichols’ work is the way she sees the world from a female perspective.  As Vince Aletti noted in one of his “This is Not a Fashion Photograph” essays “Nichols didn’t just take a picture, she really saw people, especially women, and especially other adventurous, unconventional women and girls.”

The work might have been overlooked forever were it not for the efforts of photographer and professor Nicole Jean Hill who came across Nichols’ photographs in 2013 at the Grand Encampment Museum while on an artist in residence program nearby.  Although there were only a few pictures on display, when Hill learned of the depth of the archive she spent the next 7 years exploring the work.  Ultimately this led to the 2021 publication of the book  “Encampment, Wyoming:  Selections from the Lora Webb Nichols Archive. 1899 – 1948” edited by Hill and published by the Dutch publishers FW Books.  Since the release of the book Nichols’ work has been effusively praised by Alec Soth, Sally Mann, and Vince Aletti among many others, and written about in publications worldwide from Italian VOGUE to The New Yorker.

With no vintage prints available the gallery has worked with the archive and master printer John Weldon of Weldon Labs in Los Angeles to produce limited edition gelatin silver prints.