Photographer and author Drake Hokanson looks to the broad American land, its places, people and stories as the subjects for his photographs, books, exhibits and essays.
His black and white photographs are of ordinary things and places conditioned by human use, things made powerful by the inquiry of the camera. His subjects range coast to coast and include highways, small towns, ordinary landscapes, grain elevators, the Mississippi River, and the people who call such places home.
Hokanson works in 120 roll format using either Hasselblad cameras or a Fuji panorama camera, tripod mounted whenever possible. After a few weeks shooting, he'll arrive back home with as many as 150 rolls of film to process. He relies on Ansel Adams' Zone System of negative exposure and development and prints exclusively on fine exhibition quality paper which is selenium toned, processed to archival standards and matted using 100% acid-free rag mat.
Drake Hokanson is an associate professor of mass communication at Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota.