Cowboys Don't Do Lunch
Jerry Sieve, Gene Garrison, Aris Georges, JeriJane Robertson, Stephen Cohen, Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum
By nature, Herb Cohen was an observer who then became a participant in the lives of his camera's reticent subjects simply because he loved engaging with the people he befriended. Cowboys Don’t Do Lunch features skillfully detailed photographs of the last of the real cowboys of Cave Creek, Arizona at a time when the area was in transition from a full-time cattle ranching community into an incorporated town. Despite the rapid modernization of life in the 20th Century, through the 1970s the inhabitants of this community remained relatively unchanged in their mannerisms and way of life. Herb Cohen was invited to participate in the lives of the cowboys he photographed, being equally welcomed into families on the Navajo Reservation. Based on these connections, Cohen captured images few had access to at the time, photos that reveal the historical and cultural significance of the people that settled these regions.