Join photographer Steve Horan for an evening of adventure as he describes his journey traveling the trails, roads, and mountains of Yellowstone to meet a wide range of people and share their stories. Gain insight into his new book The People of Yellowstone, as he discusses how each entry—with essay and photograph—tells a true story and demonstrates a personal perspective on experiencing the park from a unique inside point of view.
Horan first visited Yellowstone in 1984 when his brother, Jim, was employed as a seasonal worker at Roosevelt Lodge in the park. Captivated by the beauty and wildness of Yellowstone, Horan was also fascinated by the intricacies of human nature within the park, so he began capturing these interesting people in photographs.
His challenge was to photograph each individual at the right moment and in the perfect location to accurately portray their unique story and special relationship with Yellowstone. When Ruth W. Crocker, award-winning writer, joined the project to conduct interviews and write biographies of each subject, Horan had collected more than one hundred portraits.
On Friday, June 23 at 5:15 p.m., as a part of our Draper Natural History Museum Evening Expeditions Series and year-long Centennial celebration, Horan visits the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, where he presents a free lecture based on his book. The talk takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium, and a book signing follows at the Center’s Museum Store.
One of the narratives in the book features the Center’s own Dr. Charles R. Preston, Willis McDonald IV Senior Curator of Natural Science. Preston notes, “I’m deeply honored to be featured in this book with so many people whom I’ve long admired—people who have contributed to the power of Greater Yellowstone and who now will always be associated with this profoundly important place. I think Steve Horan and Ruth Crocker have produced a wonderful book for the ages.”
Each two-page spread in the book features a portrait that contains both an image and written story. Crocker interviewed a diverse range of subjects, including wranglers, researchers, snow coach drivers, bellhops, rangers, present and past park superintendents, and many more.
The People of Yellowstone book project weaves together Horan’s passion for community and human connection to the natural world. He spent five years traveling three states to find subjects for the book.
Horan studied photography in Toronto and the U.S., and his work has been featured in many gallery exhibitions throughout North America.
For the Center’s full calendar of events, complete with lectures, tours, summer programs, family activities, and more, visit centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore