Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy is the latest photograph exhibit presented by the Dallas Historical Society.
In the early 1970’s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about these daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse’s back.
Wittliff is a distinguished photographer. His photographs are included in the books Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy (2004), La Vida Brinca (2006), and A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove (2007).
Bill Wittliff is also an award winning American screenwriter and author who wrote the screenplays for The Perfect Storm (2000), Legends of the Fall (1994) and the Lonesome Dove mini-series.
Bill Wittliff and his wife Sally are the founders of the Southwestern Writers Collection, the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, and the Lonesome Dove Collection at Texas State University-San Marcos.
The Vaquero exhibit is free to the public and runs through October 23, 2016 at the Hall of State at the State Fair of Texas.
Another exhibit currently at the Hall of State:
Ways of the West (December 15, 2015-October 23, 2016)
A hands on exhibit for children and adults alike that explains the day to day life of Texas’ western heritage through hands on activities and displays.
To learn more visit the The Dallas Historical Society.
For a brief history of the American Cowboy, visit The American Cowboy.