Re-photography of Volland
by Tom Parish, based on vintage photographs of Otto Kratzer
October 28 – November 12, 2017
TOM PARISH, an accomplished photographer noted for his views of underground caves, created re-photographs of Volland for the “Going Home” exhibit in 2016 at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas. The exhibition was created by the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University to highlight “ghost towns” of Kansas. Tom Parish is currently the Visiting Instructor of the Digital Humanities for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State Univeristy.
Many small towns in Kansas grew up around railroad shipping points in the early part of the twentieth century, the heyday of cattle shipping by rail, and Volland was one of those towns. Volland, its people, its commerce, and its culture were documented by Otto Kratzer, the younger of the brother owners of Kratzer Brothers Mercantile. He was a self-taught photographer with a remarkable eye.
Kratzer’s photographs provide what is arguably the most complete documentation of one such town, particularly significant because most of the towns faded away after the industry shifted to transporting cattle by trucks in the 1950s.
Standing in the same place that Kratzer stood to make a photograph, Parish photographed the site as it exists today. He then combined Kratzer’s vintage image with the contemporary view. Many of the re-photographs have not been exhibited before. Volland Then and Now celebrates the photography of Kratzer as well as the extraordinary talent of Parish – a stunning combination.
This exhibit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Stockgrowers State Bank
a Business Partner of The Volland Store
Tom Parish will offer a Re-Photography Workshop at The Volland Store
November 4, 2017
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The Volland Store is located at 24098 Volland Road, eight miles southwest of Alma, Kansas, on Old K-10 Highway, then ¼ mile south on Volland Road. thevollandstore.com
Internet directions are unreliable for this location. Click here for a map