The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984 Page: 424
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
published at a rate of three volumes a year by Academic International
Press (POB 1111, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561).
From the University of Washington Press, comes an attractively pro-
duced selection of photographs by Sumner W. Matteson. Matteson has
been described as "one of the first freelance photoessayists." Possessed
of a strong narrative photographic style, Matteson roamed the West
with his portable Kodak cameras and the new flexible roll film, shoot-
ing pictures of Hopi snake and flute dances, the ceremonies of the Gros
Ventre and Assiniboine Indians, cattle roundups and sheep shearing
in Montana, and lumberjacking and salmon fishing in the Pacific
Northwest. He also made, and documented, excursions to Cuba and
Mexico. Wherever he went Matteson was interested in the workaday
and social occasions of ordinary people, and apparently he possessed
the charm to ingratiate himself into their lives. The 220 black and
white photographs strikingly reproduced in this collection document
the changing material and social life of Plains Indians and homestead-
ers as the industrializing age moved into the West at the turn of the
century. Although Matteson's pictures do not rival those of Edward S.
Curtis or other more famous photographers, they have an immediacy
and a sense of the humanity of their subjects that draw the browser
into the worlds presented here. Matteson's images of the West were
once familiar to all readers of Leslie's Weekly, and they have been re-
introduced to us by Louis Casagrande and Phillips Bourns. Side Trips:
The Photography of Sumner W. Matteson, 1898-1go8 is distributed
for the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Science Museum of Min-
nesota and sells for $24.95 in paperback.
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