Tough Love on the Texas Plains and the Devilish Conspiracy of Perception, Memory, Photographs, and Fact

The roundup has always been an essential part of ranching but in the popular imagination its key elements have become conflated with the sport of rodeo. Roundups take place far from the public eye and are all business.

Conceived as a cinematic rendering in still images of an event never before photographed with such intimacy and intensity, this book explodes the familiar romantic vision of the American cowboy. What may be perceived here simply as violent imagery in fact documents a routine act of animal husbandry. The book draws attention to the way in which photographs, while presenting indisputable facts, inevitably fail to explain what they show. 


47 pages
33 illustrations
10¼ x 12½ inches
Photographs and text: Neil Selkirk