Featuring stunning full-colour photographs by Gabriela Hasbun, The New Black West
celebrates the modern Black cowboys of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and the community that comes together to witness their achievements year after year. A powerful symbol of self-reliance, strength, and determination, the Black cowboy is a figure commonly overlooked in the histories of the American West. Held annually in cities across the United States, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) honours the historic accomplishments of Black cowboys and fosters a vibrant community dedicated to continuing that legacy. Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun has spent more than a decade photographing this beloved event in the Oakland hills. Her images capture the joy and excitement of performers and audience members, showcasing the daring feats, spectacular outfits, and welcoming atmosphere that make the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo an unmissable experience. In addition to Hasbun's photographs, The New Black West
features quotes and stories from the cowboys themselves, a foreword from the Oakland rodeo's regional manager, Jeff Douvel, and a short essay from BPIR owner Valeria Howard-Cunningham.
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 12 May 2022
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication City, Country: San Francisco, United States
Dimensions (cm): 2.16(H) x 2.79(L) x 0(W)
As a photographer specialising in portraits, Gabriela Hasbun
's work highlights the marginalised and unexplored communities around her. Growing up in El Salvador during a devastating civil war, Hasbun learned the importance of documenting the humanity in people others have overlooked. Her fundamental belief in the radical power of storytelling has led her to subjects like Black cowboys, fat activists, queer skateboarders, and the people of the Mission district in San Francisco. At the heart of her photography is a celebration of the complexities of identity and the human spirit.
"Stirring images. . . . this work never ceases to demand one's attention." -Publishers Weekly starred review