Friday, January 26, 2024

Jerry Don Keeter

In 1979 the Amon G. Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth commissioned Richard Avedon to do photo essay on the American West.  The project took four years to complete, and the photos weren't printed until 1985.  What resulted is a remarkable portrait of the people of the region that includes oil field workers, coal miners, cowboys, drifters, cooks, waitresses, and any number of other types.  This is oil field worker Jerry Don Keeter of El Reno, Oklahoma as he was in 1980.  I think he's beautiful, and if there is interest, I will do a future series on Richard Avedon's take on the West.



  1. One of my favorites pieces, The Swimming Hole by Thomas Eakins is at that museum.
    (Yes, it’s mostly nude men swimming).
    This is a strong photo. Great idea to have Avedon do a series like that. Would love to see more of that series.

    1. The Carter Museum is a somewhat undiscovered gem that I love to visit. I'll put something together for a workman's series.

  2. Yes, please let us see that series-DeeExx