The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 77
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how he made an old "volute shutter" the selective mind and heart of
an artist. But he did. Somehow he was there--not once, but many times-
holding his black box, in the dust, in the burn of the sun, at the right
time, in the right light, with the right thing happening at that time
and in that light, and he caught it and saved it as an artist catches
and saves his experience to deepen and richen the experience of other
Just as Steger wrote in 1gog, "Whether the man who took them
succeeds as a painter and sculptor, he has already done a work of great
It has been almost sixty years since Harry Peyton Steger asked Roy
Bedichek if he remembered the boy at Bonham who played cowboy
all the time. Erwin Smith is remembered, but as a man who was a
real cowboy, a sensitive artist who gave to us for all time the finest
pictorial account of that rangeland life which was fast disappearing
from the American scene.
"Dallas Morning News, October 19, 1952.
"Steger, "Photographing The Cowboy As He Disappears," 11124.
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