“DESDE EL COMIENZO”
235. WITTLIFF, William D. (photographer). Broadside with photogravure, printed on heavy Arches cream paper, deckle edges: Vaquero [signed photogravure of a vaquero by Wittliff]... [imprint at end]: Photogravure printed by Rick Loudermilk at Flatbed Press from a plate by Byron Brauchli, Text set and printed at Wind River Press | Photograph and design by Bill Wittliff, The Book Club of Texas | Austin | 1991. Embossed seal below imprint. Folio (56.3 x 38.2 cm; gravure measures 19 x 27.6 cm). Mint, as issued.
Limited edition (#147 of 195 copies, signed by Wittliff). A strong, evocative, and stunningly simple image, with text below the gravure:
He piled his chaps on his saddle and we sat down. For how long, I wanted to know, had he been a vaquero. For a time of twenty years, he told me, from the age of six years. Your father also? I asked. Sí. Un vaquero. And your grandfather? Un vaquero. There was a silence. Vaqueros siempre. Vaqueros always, he said finally. Desde el comienzo. Since the beginning. Bill Wittliff | Mexico | June 1972.This image from camera work by Bill Wittliff on a working northern Mexican ranch captures the practices and spirit of Mexican vaqueros, when old-time methods were still being used. This image was among those created by Wittliff for his photoessay: Vaquero, Genesis of the Texas Cowboy: A Photographic Essay (San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures, 1972). Although not mentioned in the text of Wittliff’s book or this broadside, the photographs were shot on the Tule Ranch in the state of Coahuila, some eighty miles south of the border. ($200-400)
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