Friday, March 28, 2008

Homesteader Photographer Evelyn Cameron

Evelyn Cameron and her naturalist husband left a life of privilege in England and found peace and happiness on the eastern Montana prairie. Cameron had an independent spirit true to the American West. When she and her husband were struggling to make ends meet she started her own photography business.

Beginning in the late 1800s Evelyn Cameron took photographs of everything: cowboys, homesteaders, social events, people working, badlands, eagles, coyotes and wolves. She captured the history and spirit of early Montana with over 1800 photographs and 35 volumes of diaries. Her images of the rugged landscape, the cattle and ranching tasks with almost daily written notations preserve a true impression of American frontier life.

In 2001 Evelyn Cameron was inducted into the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth Texas. Donna M. Lucey’s Photographing Montana, 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron is a wonderful collection of her photographs and writings.

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