Laura Gilpin

1987 Cowgirl Honoree – New Mexico, Colorado

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(1891-1979)

Upon receiving her first camera at twelve, Laura photographed the Southwest for more than sixty years. Working alone, Laura’s works are unique because she pursued landscape photography, a field pioneered and traditionally practiced by men. Compelled not by scientific curiosity but by humane concerns, Laura viewed the land as an environment that shaped human activity. Her four books and thousands of photographs documented the relationships between people and the land.