Photograph exhibit at Western features the work of Wyoming homesteader

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Lora Webb Nichols photo courtesy of lorawebbnichols.org

October 9, 2021 — Western Wyoming Community College (Western) is currently displaying the photography work of Lora Webb Nichols (1883-1962), a Wyoming homesteader. The display will be available for public viewing in the Art Gallery through November 5 during regular college hours. The is no admission cost.

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According to Western, the exhibition presents a selection of images curated from the photography archive of Lora Webb Nichols. According to LoraWebbNichols.org, Nichols created and collected approximately 24,000 negatives throughout her lifetime in the mining town of Encampment, Wyoming. The images chronicle the domestic, social, and economic aspects of the sparsely populated frontier of south-central Wyoming.  

“One remarkable and consistent aspect of the Nichols archive,” says Nicole Jean Hill, the co-curator of the Lora Webb Nichols archive and curator of the exhibition, “is her view of women of the early 20th century. Nichols photographed pioneer women and their duties as mothers and homemakers. The images provide a unique window into the role of women and their cultivation of community in this era. She made images in Encampment over the course of several decades, resulting in an intimacy and candor in the photographs that is unexpected and captivating.”  

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