Lecture by Alyssa Banta
Most people may think of ranchers and cowboys as men. But although they are under-chronicled, ranch women work from dark to dark, keeping step with hired hands, brothers, fathers and husbands. They blaze trails through unforgiving scrub. They cook supper and feed bulls. At any given time, they wear the hats-and the gloves-of geologist, veterinarian, lawyer and mechanic. They are fierce and feminine and powerful. Photojournalist and writer Alyssa Banta spent over a year following more than a dozen Texas women through their grueling daily routines, from the messy confines of the working chute to the sprawling reaches of the back pasture. The result of this unprecedented access is an intimate portrait of the challenges and achievements of the ranch women of the Lone Star State, along with the land and livestock that sustain them.
About the Author:
Alyssa Banta was raised in Fort Worth, Texas and received a B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas (1990) and an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1995). From 2001 to 2010, she traveled the world as a conflict photographer for Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s, the New York Times magazine, the UNHCR, the Red Cross and other clients. She won international recognition for her photography and earned many awards. She has shown her conflict photography in galleries and museums all over the world. In 2016 she was contracted to write and photograph a book on women working on ranches in Texas and the book was released in October 2019.