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Published in Great Plains Quarterly 24:1 (Winter 2004). Copyright © 2004 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Texas Rangeland presents an unusual series of photographs of cattle interspersed with commentary by ranchers asked to discuss what they saw when they looked at the images. Burton Pritzker made the photographs; his wife, Renee Walker Pritzker, collaborated by collecting and editing the text of the conversations. The result offers readers a curious blend of materials. The ranchers respond not only to the photographs but recount their own memories and discuss ranching as a disappearing way of life. This provides a background to the photographer's dramatic visual responses to cattle.