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IL Buckaroo TJ Symonds

  • IL Buckaroo TJ Symonds

IL Buckaroo T.J. Symonds with Camp Baked Bread - Nevada, 1979

I made this portrait of 17-year-old buckaroo T.J. Symonds just a few minutes after first meeting him in the IL ranch cow camp in northeastern Nevada in 1979. “Buckaroo” is what they call cowboys in Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho. It’s a bastardization of the Spanish word “vaquero.” I was working on making pictures for a book on the American west and the cowboy and I’d heard about this outfit that still ran a cook and bedroll wagon for a branding cow crew that camped out on the land for weeks at time. I’d showed up in my van late the night before and I photographed T.J. early in the morning just as the rest of the crew was leaving camp to start a roundup. T.J. had felt ill the day before and stayed in camp that morning. I stayed in camp and rode with this outfit for a week or so. I don’t believe I ever knew what T.J.’s initials stood for. My book, “Vanishing Breed—Photographs of the Cowboy and the West,” with a forward by novelist Thomas McGuane, was published in 1982 by Little Brown/New York Graphic Society. In their review the Associated Press said: “This is a classic.”

This flash sale print is a 6” x 9” image on a 9” x 11” paper. It is an archival ink jet print on archival watercolor paper. It is signed in graphite pencil on the front border. It is a perfect gift for a young aspiring photographer or for anyone who loves photography. At a price of only $100.00 it is a bargain not to pass up. All prints are shipped via USPS priority mail. Please be advised that all international custom fees apply and is the responsibility of the buyer to determine those charges.