Richard Colburn Photographer
Burying Aunt Colie, Lakeview Cemetery, Buhl, Minnesota 1993Teen Room, Mesaba Co-op Park, Chisholm, Minnesota 1996   Thunderbird Mine, EVTAC, Eveleth, Minnesota 1995American Steel Rally, Virginia, Minnesota 2000Save Our Steel Jobs Rally, Virginia, Minnesota 2014Sherwood Anderson Road, Kinney, Minnesota 2014 Closed due to mine expansion.Bill At The Site Of His Home, Mountain Iron, Minnesota 1995Parkville Street, Mountain Iron, Minnesota 2016Keewatin, Minnesota 2016Fishermen's Point, Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota 2017Eveleth, Minnesota 2016Hibbing Park Cemetery, Hibbing, Minnesota 2016Gilbert, Minnesota 2016Iron Junction, Minnesota 2016July 4th Calathumpian Parade, Biwabik, Minnesota 1986July 4th, Biwabik, Minnesota 2016July 4th Calathumpian Parade, Biwabik, Minnesota 1985Natatorium, V. C. Reishus School, Closed 2003, Biwabik, Minnesota  2003 Quitting Business Sale, Hub Clothiers, Virginia, Minnesota 1995Don's Kitchen, Eveleth, Minnesota 2003Servicemen's Club, Virginia, Minnesota 2016Mesaba Co-op Park, Chisholm, Minnesota
2014  Natatorium, V.C. Reishus School, Closed 2003, Biwabik, Minnesota 2003July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2016July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2014July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2014July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2016July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2014July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2016July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2012July 4th, Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2016Lisa, Mott Pit, Mountain Iron, Minnesota 2016Site of homes that were re-located, Mountain Iron, Minnesota 2016Class Reunion, Margie's Roosevelt Bar, Eveleth, Minnesota 2015Margie's Roosevelt, Eveleth, Minnesota 2014Grant Ave., Eveleth, Minnesota 2014Veteran's Memorial, Chisholm, Minnesota 2014Puck Days, Margie's Roosevelt, Eveleth, Minnesota 2008Big Stick Dance, Eveleth, Minnesota 1995Quitting Business Sale, Hub Clothiers, Virginia, Minnesota 1995John, July 4th, Ely Lake, Minnesota 1999Storage, Discovery Center, Chisholm, Minnesota 2014Hibbing, Minnesota 2014Sawmill, Virginia, Minnesota 2014Sulfite Leaching Test, Department of Natural Resources, Hibbing, Minnesota 2013Gertrude Boase Grade School, Closed 2002, Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota 2003Bill, Ben and Terry's Wedding, Virginia, Minnesota 2004Ed and Nick's trap line, Lost Creek, Cusson, Minnesota 1996Nick, near Cusson, Minnesota 1996Christiansen Farm, Lakeland, Minnesota 1997Bob and Dom Cutting Firewood near Kinney, Minnesota 1996Nicholas, former Mayor, Aurora, Minnesota 2004Members of Hope Lutheran Church Helping a Member Whose Greenhouse Roof Collapsed Due to Heavy Snow, Embarrass, Minnesota 2009Nick and Ed checking a trap, Lost Creek, near Cusson, Minnesota 1996Susie and Don picking blueberries, Aurora, Minnesota  2004  Fishermen's Point, Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota
2017Glen Location, Chisholm, Minnesota 2014Volunteers, Woodland Indian Site, Big Rice Lake, Minnesota 2003Taconite Tailings, Forbes, Minnesota 1995Kotzy's Garden, Eveleth, Minnesota 2003Steve's Garden, Virginia, Minnesota 2012Kotzy’s Backyard and Garden, Eveleth, Minnesota  2003  Meet and Greet, Tom Rukavina's Run for the Democratic Nomination for Governor, The Sawmill, Virginia, Minnesota 2010Coffee and Conversation, Department of Transportation Meeting, Virginia, Minnesota
2014Picnic Celebrating Re-opening of Furnace # 5, North Shore Mining, Silver Bay, Minnesota 2008Paul and Timmy, Eveleth, Minnesota 1995Paul and Jamie, Eveleth, Minnesota 1995Ceal Painting, Silver Bay, Minnesota  2003Carpenters Local 606, Virginia, Minnesota  2006  Picnic Celebrating Re-opening of Furnace # 5, North Shore Mining, Silver Bay, Minnesota 2008Dedication, Habitat for Humanity Project, Eveleth, Minnesota 2004Memorial Service for Steven Owen, The Mirage, Virginia, Minnesota 2009Chris and His Crew of Black Spruce Cutters, near Meadowlands, Minnesota 2003POW/MIA Flag Dedication, July 3rd, Aurora, Minnesota 1988Boy Scout, July 3rd Parade, Aurora, Minnesota 1988July 4th, Markham, Minnesota 2014Gus, Tom's Annual July 3rd Barbecue, Aurora, Minnesota 2010Nick and John, Eveleth, Minnesota 2001
Mesabi
These photographs are from an ongoing project exploring the communities of the Mesabi Iron Range. The project began when the American steel industry, an industry with a history of boom and bust cycles, suffered its worst collapse. There are few photographs of despair and defeat. I quickly discovered that the people of the Mesabi Range are resilient, good humored and generous. In short, life goes on.
Although I have pursued other subjects I return to this one and always find fresh possibilities. From the beginning the scrappy, industrial beauty of this area comprised of forests, lakes, and mines captured my attention. There is an equally engaging beauty in the vigor and directness of people of the Iron Range.
My initial introduction to the Iron Range was a Fourth of July parade in Biwabik, Minnesota. My preconception of Rangers was that they were hardworking, durable north country people. That is certainly true but what I didn’t know was that they are dependably generous and embody an extraordinary joie de vivre. There is a very keen sense of history in the communities of the Mesabi Iron Range which describe themselves as having “built America”.
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