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buckaroo ePub

In this wonderful oversize book are 127 stunning photographs of Great Basin buckaroos and ranches, in color and black and white. The images are sharply focused and the reproduction is vivid. Many photographs capture the terrain, whether dead flat under a vast open sky or mountainous. A lone figure on a horse may appear as a small detail in the picture, or men working cattle in various seasons may be the subject. Markus also turns his camera to individuals for portrait shots. And he captures close-up details of cowboy gear, tack, and clothing.

At times, the breath-taking western vistas approach the character of (very good) calendar art. More often than not, however, Markus has an eye for the everyday and the wonder to be felt in ordinary passing moments. The golden light of a low sun reflects from the watery slurry in a corral onto the boards of a fence; a ranch interior shows a kitchen table with worn chairs and oil cloth in the foreground and in the next room a workshop with tools neatly arranged on the walls; a couple dances in a cowboy bar; two young cowboys have roped and tied a third one, who is getting head-dunked into a stream; in the retreating light from a clear evening sky, a cowboy steps from a tent and in the foreground, under a windmill, is a portable radio with its antenna extended.

Interesting for those more familiar with cowboys from east of the Rockies, the book shows the many details of outfitting that mark the buckaroo as distinctly different - suspenders, flat brimmed hats, large scarves, chinks, vests. There are also beards and some fancy mustaches. The book opens with several pages of enjoyable excerpts from the photographer's journals. There's additional informative commentary for many of the photographs at the back of the book. Excellent addition to any western bookshelf.
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