Danny Wilcox Frazier, a freelance photographer and filmmaker, grew up in Le Claire, Iowa, and has a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. He has photographed across his home state for the past six years, and his assignments have taken him all over the world. Frazier has received grants and prizes from the Aftermath Project, Humanities Iowa, POYi, the National Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Chinese International Press Photo. He is also a two-time finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant. Frazier’s images have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Life, Fortune, U.S. News & World Report, andForbes, and he is a contributing photographer for Mother Jones and CR magazine.
Danny Wilcox Frazier’s work was selected from four hundred entries to win the third biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition. Driftless: Photographs from Iowa was a New York Photo Award finalist for Best Photography Book of the year and was also selected for an exhibition of the year’s Best Photography Books curated by the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville. The book was featured in photo-eye, Photo District News, and Dukemagazine, and Mother Jones ran a major feature of Frazier’s Driftless photographs (“American Heartland”) in its March/April issue. A photograph from the book also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement. Photographs from his book Driftless have been exhibited and screened widely, and in 2010, Frazier’s film version of Driftless, produced by MediaStorm’s Brian Storm, won a Webby Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award in the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage category. He is a member of the non-profit collective Facing Change: Documenting America.