November 13th, 2014

Cowboy Lifestyle Photographer David Stoecklein Dies, 65

Idaho cowboy coverPhotographer David Stoecklein, who built a small publishing empire on his photographs of cowboys, horses, and western lifestyle and landscapes, died November 10 at the age of 65, according to a report in the Idaho Mountain Express. The newspaper gave no details about the cause of death.

Based in Ketchum, Idaho, Stoecklein began his career as an outdoor lifestyle photographer shooting advertising assignments for clients including Coca Cola, L.L. Bean, Reebok, Timberland and others. According to his website, his passion for the ranching heritage of the American West led him to focus on that subject, which led to assignments from Stetson-Roper USA, Wrangler, Agri Beef, Eddie Bauer, Chevrolet, Ford, Marlboro, and numerous others. He also contributed to numerous magazines including Western Horseman, Farm and Ranch Magazine, Cowboys and Indians, and Working Ranch magazine.

In addition to his assignment work, Stoecklein published at least 28 books, among them titles such as The Cowboy Boot, Dude Ranches of the American West, The Cowboy Horse, and The Idaho Cowboy. Along with the many books, he sold cards, calendars, posters, and prints through his website.  Stoecklein also ran frequent photo workshops at his ranch in Mackay, Idaho

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and three sons.

July 18th, 2012

Video Pick: “I Ain’t No Cowboy.”

Belgian photographer Titus Simoens has been working off and on across the United States, photographing slices of life in the American West. He recently won the Best in Show award at the Foto8 Summershow in London (featured on PDN Photo of the Day);  one of his images of America was honored in PDN’s Great Outdoors competition in 2011.

Simoens has co-directed a documentary, billed as “the story of two young cowboys,” called Miles Away. The documentary was shot in Cow Camp, Idaho, where Simoens also shot still images. Cow Camp is where cowboys Gene and Josh live for six months of the year, tending cattle, managing the land and repairing fences while living in a house without running water or electricity. The documentary has won awards at the Berlinaire Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium, and the Docuwest Film Festival in Golden, Colorado. It is now out on DVD.

The trailer for the documentary shows Gene and Josh at work (footage set to harmonica music) and then, in the last seconds, offers a glimpse at what their home life is like.

For more on the documentary “Miles Away,” visit the Web site:
www.milesaway.be