Cowboys Don't Do Lunch
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.
Jerry Sieve, Gene Garrison, Aris Georges, JeriJane Robertson, Stephen Cohen, Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum