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Pluck & Stamina

The Life of Pioneer Photographer Evelyn Cameron

Evelyn Flower Cameron traded a life of English wealth and privilege for a tiny homestead cabin in the austere, rugged badlands of eastern Montana. She soon learned the art of glass-plate photography as a way to support the Cameron’s struggling pioneer homestead. For the rest of her life, she rode horseback many miles, carrying her camera around her waist and her wooden tripod in a gun scabbard, documenting expansive and beautiful Western landscapes along with the homesteaders, sheepherders, ranch families and immigrants who lived there. Evelyn produced some of the first photographs of North American birds, and was an early proponent of prairie and wildlife conservation.

Historic interpreter Mary Jane Bradbury brings Evelyn to life through living history as well as a look at some of her outstanding photographs.