Cowboys Don't Do Lunch

Suzanne D. Johnson


By nature Herb Cohen was actually an observer but he became a participant in the lives of his camera's reticent subjects because, simply, he loved engaging with the people he befriended.

This book features skillfully detailed photographs of the last of the real cowboys of Cave Creek, Arizona from when the area was in transition from a full-time cattle ranching community to an incorporated town. Despite the rapid modernization of life in the 20th Century, through the 1970s the inhabitants of this community remained relatively unchanged in their mannerisms and way of life. Herb Cohen was invited by the cowboys he photographed to be a participant in their lives. In addition, he also was equally welcomed into families on the Navajo Reservation. Based on these connections Cohen captured images few had access to at the time. His photos reveal the historical and cultural significance of the people that settled these regions.


9" x 9" Square
Publication date: 
June, 2018
Rights world: 

Jerry Sieve, Gene Garrison, Aris Georges, JeriJane Robertson, Stephen Cohen, Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum

About the author: 

Suzanne D. Johnson is the owner and Executive Producer of (4) Production Companies, including: AZanne Prods. Inc., Odyssey Film LLC, and Gnosis Media LLC. She has produced programs for cable and broadcast networks, television commercials, corporate and public service videos, marketing and web pieces, and independent films and documentaries. Under the company of Gnosis, Ltd. she has been the producer of events and symposia, arts and cultural tours, books, and documentaries. Suzanne is the recipient of numerous grants and corporate sponsorships on behalf of this educational arts and humanities non-profit organization.

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