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Gathering Remnants: A Tribute to the Working Cowboy

Gathering Remnants: A Tribute to the Working Cowboy

by Kendall Nelson
     
 

The cowboy and his environment are among the most evocative, enigmatic, and surprisingly romantic icons of the American experience. Though considered an anachronistic occupation, the cowboy survives, and contemporary cowboy life is masterfully revealed in this new book of large-format duotone photographs. The apparent isolation of life on the range is balanced by

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The cowboy and his environment are among the most evocative, enigmatic, and surprisingly romantic icons of the American experience. Though considered an anachronistic occupation, the cowboy survives, and contemporary cowboy life is masterfully revealed in this new book of large-format duotone photographs. The apparent isolation of life on the range is balanced by the pride the cowboys exude in their work, and in the tightly bound communities in which they live and operate.

Gathering Remnants presents a world ruled by tradition and a strong ingrained work ethic, which fires our imagination and connects us to our own primal needs for rugged individualism. What makes this book unique is the photographer's ability to capture the authenticity and solidarity of the cowboy's world—vast, flat rangeland that is striking in its subtle beauty.

"Gathering Remnants is a sumptuous book, unabashedly romantic: cowboy as archetype. A spiritual tome, a prayer to a way of life we need to believe in as we stumble through our own, over-scheduled lives."—Teresa Jordan, author of Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album

Editorial Reviews

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This oversize book offers a rare and enlightening glimpse into a legendary, highly romanticized world -- the realm of the cowboy. Forget the image of the hard-boiled, gunslinging tough guy, for in this pictorial essay, readers discover the hardworking men and women who use their instincts and skills to eke out a living between the vast sky and parched earth of the American West. Gathering Remnants features fine black-and-white photographs by Kendall Nelson, who is committed to documenting subjects that are undergoing intensive change, such as the cowboys. Dust, scrubby vegetation, massive clouds, and other resonant details imbue Nelson's images with the rough texture of cowboy life. Felicitas Funke-Riehle, an author whose primary focus is the American West, provides the text in the form of brief, poetic passages -- each referring to one of Nelson's photographs -- that illuminate the cultural and spiritual dimensions of the cowboys. The beautiful introduction, written by the prolific nature and travel writer Gretel Ehrlich, portrays the rituals of the cowboys, from dawn to dusk, season to season. Gathering Remnants is a vital record of this unique and evolving world in which people, animals, and the elements have struck a complicated balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967744018
Publisher:
Prairie Creek Productions
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
111
Product dimensions:
14.89(w) x 12.82(h) x 0.76(d)

What People are saying about this

Clint Eastwood
This book captures the reality of the working cowboy and gives us a taste of what most of us can only imagine.
Teresa Jordan
Gathering Remnants is a sumptuous book, unabashedly romantic: cowboy as archetype. This is a spiritual tome, a prayer to a way of life we need to believe in as we stumble through our own overscheduled lives.
Buck Brannaman
Gathering Remnants is a truly remarkable portrayal of cowboys. It is an authentic pictorial essay of life on the range, thought by many to have disappeared years ago. The cowboys in this book are the ones I care about -- the real cowboys -- who ride for a living and work livestock from the back of a horse. Photographer Kendall Nelson and writer Felicitas Funke-Riehle have done an extraordinary job documenting contemporary cowboys who strive to live a simple life unchnaged by our modern world. Nelson and Funke-Riehle's journey through Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and Texas took them to remote outfits where cowboys granted them access into their lives -- rich in tradition, honor, and pride. I endorse this book as an honest and respectful portrait of a society and culture that embodies the spirit of the West.

Meet the Author

Kendall Nelson was raised in California. She was educated at San Francisco State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. From there she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a segment producer and assistant director for Fox Television. In 1997, Nelson moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, and began traveling the West photographing cowboys. She is interested in documenting subjects of a disappearing or changing nature.

Kendall Nelson spent four years photographing and living with her subjects on "outfits" from Oregon to Texas. She lives in Idaho.

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