Today is the beginning of my flash print sale of four of my iconic pictures from the 1970s. Each image is signed and ID'd. The sale will run three weeks. Made with archival inks, the 6” x 9” inch images on 9” x 11” archival paper, are truly beautiful prints priced at only $100.00.
Three of the four images, made in 1979, are of buckaroos who worked for the big IL ranch in northeastern Nevada. The other print, a portrait of a cow horse on a snowy Montana day, was made in 1978. All four of these images are featured in my first book, VANISHING BREED. It was awarded “The Best Western Art Book of 1982” by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center” and also received the “Leica Medal of Excellence,” both awards for which I’m deeply honored and proud. Long out of print, I have a small number of signed copies, both in hard cover and soft, to offer from my personal stock.
Although born in Minnesota, I didn’t realize as a child just how close I lived to the west I came to love. I can still remember how much I felt at home the very first time I saw Montana in 1969, when I went there for @natgeo magazine to document the lives of a religious group called Hutterites who lived on several colonies in central Montana. It was love at first sight when I saw that beautiful Judith Basin country with its small mountain ranges the famous cowboy artist Charlie Russell loved and painted. For about 13 years I concentrated on working in the west, often in northeastern Nevada as well as in Montana and Wyoming.
Although I can ride a horse and did so often while making my pictures, I am not a horseman. But by riding with the buckaroos and cowboys I could get much closer to my subjects. For a time, I even carried my own saddle and was, I suppose, playing at being a cowboy. I like to think these pictures show the kind of personal involvement I had then with the American West. I’m in Montana right now, as I write this, visiting some old Hutterite friends I first met here fifty years ago. It’s about 10 degrees and snowing, a little unusual for Montana in late October, but I love it.
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Thank you!! You made my day!!
I love this
Thanks to Robert Clark for introducing me to your work. I am absolutely in love with your images, wow, feels like Christmas!
Didn’t know colors were around in the 70’s, damn shiy crazy
Gorgeous❣️so happy to know of your work!
What a series! I think I met you at the Maine Workshops...maybe '85 or '86...always loved your work!
First picture resembles of “American gothic” so much
Such a classic portrait! Love this.
Makes me wonder if TJ is on the gram?
Symonds is my last name! I wonder if there’s any relation.
When your book came out I was about 11, I ended up working with Hank and drank with TJ a lot back in the late 80’s and early 90’s .
Thomas John = TJ. His son (Little John) is a hellva buckaroo in Nevada now.