In Search of the Corn Queen

Greta Pratt's extraordinary photographs capture with beautiful precision the people of rural America, by observing them with an artists' eye at the county fairs she visited across the middle part of our country.  Every one of her images is arresting in its own way, whether of a child solemnly holding an American flag in Arkansas, or two farmers, black and white, sitting side by side in Mississippi, or twins posing in their party dresses in Tennessee, or four girls caked in mud wrestling with a pig in Wyoming. There is sometimes poignancy, sometimes joy, and always a glimpse of humanity that makes us stop and wonder.”

- Howard Zinn