Erwin E. Smith, cowboy artist
Erwin E. Smith called himself a "cowboy artist" with the relatively new medium of photography. Rather than one of his usual subjects, he's pictured here on horseback looking like a cowboy himself. And he was - when he was younger, he often worked summers as a cowboy. He felt that a way of life was disappearing and he wanted to document the cowboy of the real West. Between 1905 and 1912, he did just that.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
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