Nathan Pearce was born in Fairfield, Illinois, a rural farming community in the southern part of the state. Beginning at age eighteen, he spent several years living on both coasts and decided to return to Fairfield when he was twenty-five. What he discovered was a place that was far more interesting than he’d remembered it and one he was compelled to photograph. Pearce makes his living working at an auto repair shop but his passion is making pictures and he does that every day with small, handheld cameras. He’s a book and zine maker which means that his photography is often made to end up on the printed page. His primary focus is Midwest Dirt, a serial collection of monochrome images that document the people and places that surround him. Pearce is developing a new book project to be published by Deadbeat Press later this year.
Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703