CORVALLIS - An exhibit of photographs by a former cowpuncher-turned-photographer will go on display at Oregon State University's Fairbanks Gallery beginning Jan. 11.

Jay Dusard, who worked on the Slaughter Ranch in Arizona, spent most of his time herding cattle, branding calves and taking sportsmen on guided hunts. The imagery of the landscape captivated him, however, and he began photographing those images that he saw every day.

Dusard studied with Ansel Adams and Frederick Sommer, and later taught photography. He received a Guggenheim fellowship that allowed him the time and opportunity to pursue an extensive photographic study of cowboy life, according to Douglas Russell, gallery director.

"He photographed the men and women, cowboys and families, cooks and ranchers he visited, and his portraits recorded a sense of camaraderie rather than mere documentation," Russell said.

The result was a pair of books: "The North American Cowboy: A Portrait" and "La Frontera." Selections from both books are in the OSU exhibit.

Dusard's photographs were taken using large format cameras that capture with clarity the striking images of the American Southwest.

The exhibit will continue through Feb. 10 at the gallery, located in Fairbanks Hall on 26th Street and Jefferson. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; admission is free.

A reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., which will be followed by a gallery talk by Dusard.

Dusard will review portfolios for selected members of the local PhotoArts Guild on Jan. 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. The public is invited to observe.

On Thursday, Jan. 14, Dusard will present a free illustrated lecture to the public that begins at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center.


The Dusard visit and exhibit is sponsored by a number of campus groups and the Etherton Gallery in Tucson, Ariz.

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Doug Russell, 541-737-5009