Jan Faul, "Farming the Welsh Hills", Portfolio, 1994
Faul, Jan 1945-
Silver gelatin photoprints, 11 x 14 inches, paper, unmounted
0.3 cu. ft.: 1 box
1 portfolio: 32 photoprints
Portfolios (groups of works)
Waukesha County (Wis.)
Artist b. Port Chester, N.Y., 1945; childhood in several American cities and Switzerland; studied printmaking at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., graduated 1969; gave up printmaking for photography due to influence of Farm Security Administration photographs he had seen at the Library of Congress as a teenager. Self-employed photographer since 1970, working on grants and contracts to document workers, rural poverty, etc.; also landscape, still life, and portraiture. To Denmark 1979: commercial photography for about ten years before returning to the U.S. Work in many museum and private collections. Artist's residency, Yaddo, 1992-1993.
Artist's comment about the portfolio subjects: Welsh men and women came to Waukesha County in the 1840s to launch another part of America's dairy history; after five or six generations, many farms are still family owned. Today's farms are threatened by developers due to rising land prices (up to $50,000/acre perked) and their central location between Milwaukee (east), Madison (west), and Chicago (south).
32 photographs made in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, May 1994. Includes images of farms, dairy barns, silos, cemetery, roads, etc.
Jan Faul "Farming the Welsh Hills" Portfolio, 1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist [or Barbara Scheide: consult finding aid for credits for specific photographs]