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Action photographer Louise Serpa has spent the past thirty years photographing rodeos from inside the arena. The first woman granted this privileged position, Serpa takes us into the world of one of the few truly American sports, as riveting as it is symbolic of a rapidly changing American West. Novelist Larry McMurtry has devoted a distinguished career to revealing an Ame ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published August 31st 1995 by Aperture
(first published October 1st 1994)
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This is a terrific collection of 60+ black and white photographs by rodeo enthusiast Louise Serpa, dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. Most are a privileged view of the action, taken inside the arena, and the drama in those frozen moments of action is electric. As Larry McMurtry points out in his commentary at the end of the book, she has the gift of capturing motion just as a leaping animal and rider are poised in mid-air, ready to be overcome by gravity. Besides roughstock, she also finds the ...more
A collection of action and behind-the-scenes rodeo pictures in the American West. While the photographs were interesting in themselves, the concluding essay by Larry McMurtry cast an entirely different light on the photos and brought back memories from reading his novels. This book of photography came to my attention when I added all of McMurtry's books to my reading list after enjoying his novels Moving On and The Last Picture Show.