Jay Dusard, a self taught photographer, earned a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize nomination and a couple of book awards. Having studied with Ansel Adams and Frederick Sommer he established himself as not only a consummate creator of images, but one of the greatest black & white printmakers.
With work published, exhibited and in collections worldwide, Jay Dusard is best known for his black-and-white images of the working cowboys and landscapes of the North American West. Jay taught photography for seven years at Prescott College, Arizona, and has conducted workshops for over thirty years. In 1992, he was nominated for the Kodak World Image Award for Fine Art Photography.
Jay Dusard lives with his wife, Kathie, and their horses near Douglas, Arizona, where he finds time to punch cows and play jazz cornet.
The photos we are showing are a set of 18 Monumental digital pigment prints made from 8 x 10 negatives and supervised by Jay himself in association with Cattletrack Press, Scottsdale, Arizona.
These spectacular cowboy portraits and pristine panoramic photographs have a special power and grandeur, capturing the timeless spirit and beauty of the enduring cowboy way of life in America.
Claude Steelman’s love for the outdoors led him to a career in nature photography. Since arriving in Colorado in the late 1970s and seeing the majestic Rocky Mountains for the first time, Steelman decided to make the Centennial State his home, where he and his wife, Katie, now live in Durango.
A self-taught photographer, Steelman’s photographs have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide, including Arizona Highways, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, National Geographic World, National Wildlife Magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine. Two of Claude’s wildlife images, a hummingbird on a columbine and a raccoon, are displayed on the tail sections of Frontier Airlines airplanes. His cinematography has been featured in documentary films shown on The Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer.
For two decades, Tony Stromberg made his mark as a very successful advertising photographer. However, a quiet but gnawing voice eventually drew Tony out of his commercial roots and deep into the soul of the West. What Tony had gained in reputation, he felt he was losing in his quality of life.
Just before the turn of the millenium, he started his pilgrimage away from the frenetic world of advertising and into a world possessing a different respect for nature and the land... a world expansive enough to hold a deep-rooted meaning and purpose for both himself and his newly-discovered partner, the horse.
Introduced only seven years ago to horses, he has spent much of his time since then getting to learn the nuances and habits of his most beloved equine companions in their natural environment.
“The spirit of the horse”, quotes Tony, “is a magnificent teacher to humanity.” In both their physical, as well as their archetypal form, horses help to bring us back to something wild and unrestrained, reminding us of a sense of freedom that many of us have forgotten. They teach us about honesty and authenticity, because they know no other way of being. They teach us about collaboration over dominance. And they teach us to respect and honor the unknown, rather than fear it and try to destroy it.
Tony has just completed his second book of equine photography,The Forgotten Horses (available at Open Shutter Gallery).