Cowboy photography gallery featuring photos of cowboys and cowgirls at work and play by Jess Lee. The cowboy pictures you find here are available as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, Stock images, and publications by Cowboy photographer Jess Lee. In my photography my goal is to capture the American Cowboys and Cowgirls as they work and play. Here you can find images showing the great American West, the way it is today, and its people. Photographs of real westerners as they work and play in a land of unsurpassed rugged beauty. From the harsh lands of the desert southwest to the near arctic conditions of the mountains and plains at the top of our nation, This IS the west and the people who make it great.
Cowboy Photography photos of western Cowboys & Cowgirls at work and play
The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of special significance and legend. A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle. In addition to ranch work, some cowboys work for or participate in rodeos. Cowgirls, first defined as such in the late 19th century, had a less-well documented historical role, but in the modern world work at identical tasks and have obtained considerable respect for their achievements. Cattle handlers in many other parts of the world, particularly South America and Australia, perform work similar to the cowboy.
The cowboy has deep historic roots tracing back to Spain and the earliest European settlers of the Americas. Over the centuries, differences in terrain and climate, and the influence of cattle-handling traditions from multiple cultures, created several distinct styles of equipment, clothing and animal handling. As the ever-practical cowboy adapted to the modern world, his equipment and techniques also adapted, though many classic traditions are preserved.
This is a little history of the lifestyle I wish to help preserve.