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  • Exceptional fine art photography – several years in the making – of the American cowboy/cowgirl and rodeo communities, the horse and cattle ranches, and the remarkable landscape of America's Wild West, by celebrated and award-winning photographer, Anouk Masson Krantz
  • Photography of a society that honors historical traditions and practices a set of values that includes honesty, integrity, loyalty, work ethic, and dedication to family
  • A lavish tome filled with rich and awe-inspiring photography of mysterious and inspiring elements of American culture, accompanied by the author/photographer's unique storytelling

The ranching communities in the heartland of the great American West may be a long way from New York City, but renowned photographer Anouk Masson Krantz has been drawn back time and time again to explore this largely unfamiliar and overlooked part of the world. In West: The American Cowboy, Anouk revisits this enduring iconic symbol of America's pioneering spirit. Set out in a stunning large-format book, and with heartfelt contributions from Jon Pardi, Red Steagall and others, the pages within inspire with a fresh and contemporary perspective of the American West. Along with the cowboy's ranching traditions comes a life built around the core values and faith that are central to their integrity. Long admired for their strength, relentless work ethic, and humble values, the forgotten American cowboy is alive and well, and has never stood in such stark contrast to the rapidly changing nation that surrounds them.


Earning wide acclaim for her incredible fine art work exhibited in galleries and published in the bestselling Wild Horses of Cumberland Island (2017), also by IMAGES, West: The American Cowboy is another artful, intimate study of the American character and their sense of place, and is a unique collection of works brought together by this award-winning photographer and storyteller.


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Photographer Anouk Krantz spent five years in the American west, coming to know multi-generational ranch families and admiring their work ethic, integrity, devotion to family, and sense of place. Her stunning black-and-white photographs document the real-life world of cattle round-ups, rodeos and country culture.

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Meet Photographer Anouk Masson Krantz

I am an explorer.

I explore places.

I explore people.

I enjoy driving unreasonably long distances.

I love to exchange with those who are different, those with another set of convictions.

I try to learn about them and then to understand them, what is important to them, what they love and what they fear, so that I might learn what makes us different and what makes us the same.

I am trying to raise my children to think for themselves and not to be taught what to think.

I want them to seek to understand the world around them and how we got here; to listen first, and then to find their voice; and to have their own direct experiences with the world that will have uncertain outcomes.

This is how we can open ourselves to the possibility of discovering and creating unknown, undiscovered inspirations of our own.

Celebrate an American archetype – the cowboy — in extraordinary duotone photographs. In Anouk’s pictures, the cowboy life we imagine is very close to life as it is.

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“The country music I make and the songs I write represent real, hard-working folks that have a strong sense of purpose, determination, and faith, much like those who work and live around where I grew up in Northern California. I spend a lot of time in Texas as well, riding and roping with folks that reflect these very values … Anouk’s work aims to celebrate and capture a true country lifestyle.” – Jon Pardi

Publisher‏:‎Images Publishing (October 31, 2019)
Language‏:‎English
Hardcover‏:‎264 pages
ISBN-10‏:‎1864708395
ISBN-13‏:‎978-1864708394
Item Weight‏:‎6.3 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎11.24 x 1.25 x 14.25 inches
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