Dead Eagle Trail.
America's Twenty-First Century Cowboys.
Photographs by Jane Hilton.
Schilt Publishing, 2010. 144 pp., 80 color illustrations, 9½x12½".
Jane Hilton’s first visit to North America was to Arizona in 1988.
The enormous wide-open spaces, desert highways, and vast skies
were the biggest contrast she had ever experienced to growing up in
suburban England. This, combined with the warm memories of
spending Sunday afternoons watching westerns with her father
has contributed to Hilton’s affection for the wild west.
There is definitely a romanticism that is associated with the gunslinging
cowboy, defending his land and his moral code. These
displays of heroism have been reinforced in novels such as Owen
Wister’s The Virginian (1902), and films such as John Ford’s
Stagecoach (1939), with the iconic John Wayne. American culture has
been defined by the west, and the ‘American Dream’ evolved from it.
The pioneering days of the gold rush and the evolution of towns such
as Las Vegas illustrate the mantra of the people; anything is possible
Dead Eagle Trail is a culmination of numerous road trips Jane Hilton
has taken across the States whilst documenting the American culture.
This book is a celebration of the west, from the buckaroos of Nevada
to the cowpunchers of Arizona. Cowboys are photographed in their
own homes, surrounded by western artifacts. The need to hold onto
their heritage is clearly visible. As the price of petrol and animal feed
rises, the ranches struggle to survive and the cowboy of the
twenty-first century could become extinct.
About the Limited Edition
Numbered and signed silver gelatin
print in numbered and signed book,
Edition of 50 copies.
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