Bmore Art, July 9, 2018
A few of Larson’s portraits of residents, which are also portraits of places, are particularly striking — like these two side-by-side portraits of Juanita from De Soto, Missouri, and Ron of Fenton, Missouri. Ron hangs out of a doorway, staring straight into the camera, stepping into an entryway or a mudroom. Larson must have taken the photo through a glass door; Ron’s worn, pinkish face refracts through it and reappears on the image’s right side, this time seeming less confrontational and more weary or concerned. In the other photo Juanita, a tiny old woman in a lilac T-shirt, stands behind a cash register, surrounded by various sun-bleached signs advertising the prices of the shop’s chicken gizzards, livers, and “drummies.” Juanita takes up so little space in that composition, I find myself searching every detail around her — trying to comprehend less of the individual folks photographed and more of the environment and the structures that composed them.
Baltimore Sun, June 21, 2018
The photographer Nate Larson is on a quest to, as he puts it, “get closer to the real.” In 2014, Larson, 40, embarked on a project he expects will take him years to complete — photographing life in the roughly two dozen cities and towns that since 1790 have served as U.S. population medians. Each decade, census officials designate a residential center, the point through which a north-south line and an east-west line would cross, dividing the total number of Americans in half. In 1790, that epicenter was Chestertown, and each decade since, it has drifted to the southwest. In 1800, the midpoint was in Ellicott City; after that it left Maryland for good. By 2020, the median is projected to be near Hartville, Mo.
Photo Emphasis, March 20, 2018
Nate Larson is a contemporary artist and a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (since 2009). For the last ten years, he has worked collaboratively as Larson Shindelman, with University of Georgia professor Marni Shindelman.
St. Louis Public Radio, June 26, 2017
“The Centroid” refers to the point of the United States’ mean center of population. Baltimore-based photographer Nate Larson has taken this construction and run with it, documenting life in the “Centroid Towns,” which have been calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau since 1790. Over the course of time since 1790, the Centroid point has moved steadily westward from Chestertown, Maryland to Plato, Missouri in 2010. Larson is currently a resident at Paul Artspace, an artists’ collective in north St. Louis County, continuing to work on the project.
Lenscratch, April 1, 2017
With his recent photographs, Nate has dedicated himself to a social documentary framework in which to explore a fascinating swath of America and demonstrate how exploring archives and locations allow photography to become a witness and participant in the discursive understanding of our world.
City Paper, August 4, 2016
On Saturday July 30th, 2016, Ellicott City's Historic Downtown was ravaged by a flash flood. The flooding washed away cars, filled resident's homes and basements with water, created large sinkholes, and eroded earth under sidewalks and streets. I spent the next four days talking to residents and volunteers, listening to their stories and making photographs to document the aftermath.