After Elsa

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matthias'-mining-crew,-vanguard-claim thumbnail
signpost-vista thumbnail
yvonne-at-elsa-mill thumbnail
waste-dump-(keno-700) thumbnail
signpost_party_solstice2012 thumbnail
mike-mancini thumbnail
1st-keno-claim thumbnail
drilling-on-duncan-creek-road thumbnail
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jimmy-johnny thumbnail
leo-&-murray thumbnail
greenstone-rock-pile,-keno-summit thumbnail
herman-scar thumbnail
dirk-rentmeister,-site-of-elsa-home thumbnail
sheep-camp-cabin-(keno-hill) thumbnail
gil thumbnail
stunted-trees,-keno-hill-tree-line thumbnail
bob-andison-in-elsa thumbnail
fulviomedal_closeup thumbnail
Keno-700-waste-dump-track thumbnail
dick-&-crunchy thumbnail
bob-wagner-3 thumbnail
Claim-post-vista-(Keno-Hill) thumbnail
bella-&-johnson-peter thumbnail
bellekeno-mine-(sourdough-hill) thumbnail
bird-houses-(sourdough-hill) thumbnail
silver-basin-trail thumbnail
keno-view-from-sourdough-hill thumbnail
werneke_view
matthias'-mining-crew,-vanguard-claim
signpost-vista
yvonne-at-elsa-mill
waste-dump-(keno-700)
signpost_party_solstice2012
mike-mancini
1st-keno-claim
drilling-on-duncan-creek-road
jordan2
sourdough-hill
jimmy-johnny
leo-&-murray
greenstone-rock-pile,-keno-summit
herman-scar
dirk-rentmeister,-site-of-elsa-home
sheep-camp-cabin-(keno-hill)
gil
stunted-trees,-keno-hill-tree-line
bob-andison-in-elsa
fulviomedal_closeup
Keno-700-waste-dump-track
dick-&-crunchy
bob-wagner-3
Claim-post-vista-(Keno-Hill)
bella-&-johnson-peter
bellekeno-mine-(sourdough-hill)
bird-houses-(sourdough-hill)
silver-basin-trail
keno-view-from-sourdough-hill

View from Werneke Camp

Mining at the Nabob Claim

Signpost Vista

Yvonne at the Elsa Mill

Keno 700 Waste Dump

Signpost Solstice Party

Mike Mancini at the Snack Bar

Discovery Claim, Keno Hill

Duncan Creek Drilling Site

Jordan Theriault, bartender of the Sourdough Cafe

Sourdough Hill

Jimmy Johnny along the Mayo River

Leo & Murray, Keno City Hotel

Greenstone Boulder, Keno Hill summit

Hardrock Scar

Dirk Rentmeister, site of Elsa home

Sheep Camp Cabin, Keno Hill

Gil with Coureur des Bois coat

Stunted Trees, Keno Hill

Bob Andison on the site of the former Machine Shop in Elsa

Fulvio's Silver Medal from the Governor General

Keno 700 Waster Dump Track

Dick and Crunchy

Bob Wagner at Comstock

Claim Post, Keno Hill

Bella and Johnson Peter

Bellekeno Mine

Bird Houses, Sourdough Hill

Silver Basin Trail, Keno Hill

Keno City View from Sourdough Hill

 

AFTER ELSA
Archival silver-gelatin prints, 16″x40″

This is an ongoing photographic project that explores the isolated community of Keno City, Yukon, as viewed through the intersection of past industry and present memory.

As the site of one of the world’s greatest deposits of silver ore, the landscape of Keno City encompasses dozens of mine shafts that were constructed shortly after the mineral’s discovery in 1918. These mines powered the Yukon’s economy for much of the twentieth century, until declining metal prices shuttered production in 1989.  In the wake of mass layoffs, hundreds of individuals immediately left the region in search of new work, but a small number remained in the area to settle permanently. My photographs show these residents at an intersection between past and present, as they attempt to reinvent themselves without letting go of their silver history.