Erwin E. Smith:Teaching Guide

This guide from the Amon Carter Museum offers over 700 images from the Cowboy Photographer: Erwin E. Smith.  The guide also offers discussion about the photographer,  a look at gear, work , clothing and a timeline of the history of the west according to his photos.   There are several other resources as well that you will want to check out at here.


One Response to Erwin E. Smith:Teaching Guide

  1. Helen on August 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Wonderful site for a history buff!

    From the “How He Photographed” page: “Beginning in 1905, when he was 19, Smith worked on the range as a cowhand, carrying his camera with him to capture the hard work of the cowboys.

    One report described Smith galloping ahead of the herd he wanted to photograph. Once at the spot he thought was right for the photograph, he jumped off his horse, set up his equipment, and was ready to photograph when his subjects arrived.

    He followed roundups and worked with different outfits whose work approximated what the open range was like.”

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