The Photographic Journal

Arizona State Fair All-Indian Rodeo 

Essay 114 • Dec 19th 2016

The Arizona State Fair is one of the most popular and visited in the country, running for over 3 weeks every year. People visit in droves, regardless of the heat. 38c / 100f the day I went. Entertainment and activities range from agricultural awards to musical performances, artistic endeavors and fairground attractions. This year, one of the events in the program was the All-Indian Rodeo; a show of cattle herding and horse breaking open to anyone with proof of tribal certification.

With this iconic image of the American frontier came a humbling marriage with the Native American that I found a charming celebration and acknowledgment of the Indian heritage that worked the land in days of old.

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Dave Imms b.1985 in Brighton, UK. I live and work in London, UK, shooting editorially and commercially for various clients and enterprises. My work is about people and their boring, or not so boring lives. It depends on how you look at it. I like to find romance in the banal, celebrate the man on the street – that’s my agenda and starting point for any personal project.

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