Farm Life in Iowa

Maquoketa Art Experience
124 S Main St., Maquoketa, IA

Farm Life in Iowa is an exhibition of thirty photographs taken by A. M. “Pete” Wettach (1901–1976) from 1925 to 1960—thirty-five of the most revolutionary years for farming as a way of life in Iowa. Working as a freelance photographer based in Mount Pleasant, Wettach recorded changes in farming practices at the same time as he honored traditional values of family and self-sufficiency. Wettach’s unique interpretation of the family farm comes from his documentary style and keen compassion for his subjects.

The exhibition was curated by UIMA Senior Curator Kathleen A. Edwards. The photographs in the exhibition were printed by Steven Tatum from negatives in the A. M. Wettach Collection, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City.

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A.M. Wettach

Gothic-style dairy barn

, c. 1935 (printed 2003)
Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 in.
Museum purchase, 2007.21, Image courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa