Rodeo, Cowboy


Now I love me some rodeo, but primarily bull riding. It pains me to think how many rodeos I've missed at Madison Square Garden.

So seeing legendary Magnum photographer [wait, is there any other kind?] Ernst Haas' 1957 photo of a bronc rider in MSG turn up at Phillips de Pury's photo auction this week was a nice treat.

Of course, it's an estate print, and I can't quite tell why the estimate seems higher than most every size and edition option available for retail here.


It almost makes me want to see what a thumbnail edition looks like; why should Richard Prince provide all the fun, right? And no sooner do I say that, than a Prince triptych pops up in the auction catalogue: Untitled (Joke, Girlfriend, Cowboy), 2001 actually includes a motion-blurred image of a Marlboro Man riding his horse through the snow.

Of course, that edition, published by Hatje Cantz, looks like it's still available in the primary market, too. And at a quarter the price. And the auction site even grabbed their jpeg from the publisher. I guess Phillips' operating premise is that there's still money to be made selling art to the Google-less. Good luck.

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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