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Frank Kuntz and his daughter, Alecia. Part of an ondoing project to document this one family of ranchers and their epic struggle to try and save the last wild horses of North Dakota called Nokotas. Frank has given up everything to save these horses. His health. His land. Everything that matters to him except the endless love of his family. He is broken and beat in body, but his spirit never, ever will be. I love this man.
As part of an ongoing campaign to document the epic struggles of this one family of ranchers to save the last wild horses of North Dakotas - horses that are descendants from Sitting Bull’s horses - I was asked to photograph the family. It was the dead of winter, and up to this point, I’ve always photographed these ranchers outside working with their horses. So, given the bitter cold, I decided to switch it up and photograph portraits of the family in their barn. We set up a simple studio with a backdrop, using one light, and photographed them out of context, if you will. I loved the results. Simple, powerful portraits of beautiful, inspirational, heroic people.
The results have been stunning. The outpouring of feeling and support for this family is helping them continue in their work to save the last wild horses of North Dakota.