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Tempe Javitz

Tempe Javitz, Jessamine Spear Johnson’s granddaughter, has compiled over one hundred of Jessamine’s photographs for Bighorn Visions, the first publication to showcase her work in such detail. Javitz also contributes vital essays and informative captions that contextualize her grandmother’s life and work. In addition, historian Mary Murphy situates Johnson’s life and career in relation to broader shifts in ranching, tourism, and photography in the region in a wide-ranging introduction. Collectively, Bighorn Visions is both a must-read for those interested in the twentieth century West and a striking document of a skilled photographer’s work.