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New Rodeo Exhibits at the Arizona History Museum
February 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Due Date 2/5/2015 for completion
Opening February 20th, through April 30th , 2015
Arizona History Museum, 949 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Textured Portraits: Ken Blackbird’s Rodeo Photography from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Rodeo is an established tradition in the American West with roots in ranch life and the popularity of outdoor arena events like Wild West shows. Rodeo is also traditional in Indian Country, many summer celebrations feature Indian cowboys in competition. The color, pageantry, and dangerous proximity to large, unpredictable animals in the arena make for great photographs. Ken Blackbird’s photos of riders vaulted into space or bulldoggers disappearing in the dust are some of the best of their kind.
Blackbird makes it clear that the drama behind the scenes is no less compelling. Whether on a rainy July day at the Cody Stampede or a hot August afternoon at Crow Fair, Blackbird’s images capture the tense atmosphere and emotions of riders preparing for competition.
Good timing for the rodeo athlete is the key to success. For the photographer at a rodeo it is no less critical. Ken Blackbird’s rodeo photography is filled with drama and heart-stopping moments. But it also tells a human story.
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