Richard S. Buswell has been photographing Montana's ghost towns and homesteads for five decades. The photographs in Richard S. Buswell: Fifty Years of Photography illustrate the range and variety of his work from his earliest days to his most recent projects. Beautifully crafted, sometimes unnerving, and always thought-provoking, Buswell's photographs showcase his love for Montana and the American West. From panoramic sweeps of abandoned buildings to tightly framed depictions of natural and man-made objects, this book celebrates wide-open skies and a landscape that moves forward in time even when places and objects are forgotten. This stunning collection features seventy-two duotone photographs, a reflective essay by Buswell, and a foreword by Barbara Koostra, the former director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.
"Beautifully crafted."--William Wyckoff, Montana, the Magazine of Western History
"Buswell's focus on the beauty of decay in artifacts, organic or not, has a focused intensity that will appeal not only to historians, but to fans of Western gothic and Cormac McCarthy's novels."--Cory Walsh, Missoulian
"Striking . . . memorable."--Midwest Book Review
"Richard Buswell explores the rhythm and contour of western life through the shapes and shades of everyday objects. His precisely composed photographs restore meaning and vitality to discarded, decaying remnants of Montana's material culture, reminding us of our mortality yet raising our spirits through the sheer beauty of his images."--George Miles, William Robertson Coe Curator, Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
"It is always a delight to see enigmatic Montana through Richard Buswell's lens. Not only are we treated to the artist's own words about his artistic journey, we can enjoy pure photographic haiku in his new body of work."--Victoria Rowe Berry, director, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art