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Cowboys, Cowgirls and Some Indians [sic]
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Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery

9/9/2017 to 11/11/2017
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery
United States

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his great state of Texas is well known for its legendary history of oil discovery, but more importantly, Texas is known for expanding the myth and of the Cowboy. The cowboy life of ranching, driving cattle, breaking wild horses, working in severe cold or heat, battles with Indians, drinking in Saloons, is the stuff of great fiction.

The cowboy culture will be the theme of this group exhibition, with photographs by Bank Langmore from the 1970's. Bank Langmore's photographic survey and book, The Cowboy, became one of the most important documents of the modern cattle drive. Also included will be photographs of the contemporary cowboy that work the "big outfit" ranches in the United States. These are by Bank Langmore's son, John Langmore. A documentary film and a book will be released on John Langmore's exploration next year.*

Local Dallas photographer, Chris Regas, a long time friend and colleague of Bank Langmore's, will be included with his unique images of the mythical cowboy. Added selections from Jeremy Enlow's recent series, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, will remind us that the cowboy's career is not so permanent after the expansive ranch was sold.

Vintage rodeo photographs from the 1940's by John Stryker are also part of this exhibition. One of the rodeo photographs features Gene Autry in his Flight Officer military uniform, standing next to Everett Colborn of Dublin, Texas, who is mounted on a horse.
The Myth of the Cowboy cannot be complete without including the story of the Native American. Distinguished images by Edward S. Curtis will be featured from his lifetime document, The North American Indian. These beautiful photogravures depict some of the Southwestern tribes, the San Ildefonso, Wichita, Tesuque and Yokut.


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