Contemporary Portraits of the American West
Although the subtitle suggests this tribute is purely pictorial, the accompanying narratives are as engaging as Ronnie Farley’s stunning photographs; both rescue cowgirls from rhinestone-studded stereotypes and document the gritty realities of Western life.
—New York Times Book Review
If you thought rodeo was only a sport for men, Farley’s pictures—all black and whites—placed alongside the musings of her subjects will set you straight. Blessedly absent here is the condescension of Richard Avedon’s wild west photographs which, shot against his trademark white background, turned every weathered face into a curiosity. Farley is sympathetic, but never sentimental.
—Washington Post Book World
Farley might be considered a greenhorn of sorts on some outfits, but her ability to capture the raw essence of ranch life with dignity and realism reveals her kinship with the subjects she portrays.