Rare photographs by Laura Wilson that document 35 years of the American West

Renowned photographer Laura Wilson is set to reveal a collection of images that document 35 years of the American West. Featured in a travelling exhibition that will be on view in Phillips’ Park Avenue galleries from 3 January, before going on tour across America in February.

As the photographs have rarely been exhibited, it's a unique opportunity to see and appreciate Laura's masterful view of the Great Plains and Western landscape.

"I took these pictures in the West over the course of nearly thirty-five years," said Laura. "Some were taken on assignment from magazines or newspapers; others were taken on my own. I photographed what interested me and I was drawn to people who live in an enclosed world – those people who live in isolated communities, whether by circumstance or accomplishment. I hope that those who are able to view the exhibition at Phillips share my interest in the people and places that compose this incredible region."

Rachel Peart, Phillips’ Photographs Specialist, said, "Laura Wilson has established herself as one of the most significant contemporary photographers of the great American West. The works in this exhibition explore the diverse characteristics that compose the region’s rich identity, from cattle ranches and vast landscapes, to local debutantes and world-famous artists. We are delighted to work with both Mrs. Wilson, and the devoted collector who has acquired these stunning works, in bringing them to the public in New York for the first time."

That Day: Laura Wilson, Pictures in the American West will be on view in Phillips’ Park Avenue galleries from 3 January to 9 February 2017. Discover more at www.phillips.com.

Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of Phillips New York

Main image credit: Laura Wilson, Cowboys Walking, J.R. Green Cattle Company, Shackelford County, Texas, May 13, 1997

Laura Wilson, Hutterite girls during hay making season, Surprise Creek Colony Stanford, Montana, August 22, 1991

Laura Wilson, Hutterite girls during hay making season, Surprise Creek Colony Stanford, Montana, August 22, 1991

Laura Wilson, Emma, Hutterite Girl in Field, Duncan Ranch Colony, Harlowton, Montana, June 17, 1994

Laura Wilson, Emma, Hutterite Girl in Field, Duncan Ranch Colony, Harlowton, Montana, June 17, 1994

Laura Wilson, Bruce Nauman, Galisteo, New Mexico, May 26, 1998

Laura Wilson, Bruce Nauman, Galisteo, New Mexico, May 26, 1998

Laura Wilson, Debutante and her maids, Laredo, Texas February 18, 1994

Laura Wilson, Debutante and her maids, Laredo, Texas February 18, 1994

Laura Wilson, Debutantes on Stage, Laredo, Texas, February 19, 1993

Laura Wilson, Debutantes on Stage, Laredo, Texas, February 19, 1993

Laura Wilson, Child with Father and Sister, Colonia, Nuevo Laredo Mexico, April 19, 1993

Laura Wilson, Child with Father and Sister, Colonia, Nuevo Laredo Mexico, April 19, 1993

Laura Wilson, Cherokee Indians vs. Zephyr Bulldogs, Cherokee, Texas September 20, 2002

Laura Wilson, Cherokee Indians vs. Zephyr Bulldogs, Cherokee, Texas September 20, 2002

Laura Wilson, Donny Baize, Cowboy, J.R. Green Cattle Company Shackelford County Texas, March 18, 1997

Laura Wilson, Donny Baize, Cowboy, J.R. Green Cattle Company Shackelford County Texas, March 18, 1997

Laura Wilson, Ed Ruscha in his Studio, Venice, California June 27, 2005

Laura Wilson, Ed Ruscha in his Studio, Venice, California June 27, 2005

Laura Wilson, First Communion, Dallas, Texas May 22, 1988

Laura Wilson, First Communion, Dallas, Texas May 22, 1988

Laura Wilson, Hutterite Boy on Appaloosa, Golden Valley Colony Ryegate, Montana, June 15, 1993

Laura Wilson, Hutterite Boy on Appaloosa, Golden Valley Colony Ryegate, Montana, June 15, 1993

Laura Wilson, Mountain Lion Hunters, Fort Davis, Texas August 1, 1991

Laura Wilson, Mountain Lion Hunters, Fort Davis, Texas August 1, 1991

Laura Wilson, Hutterite Cowboys Galloping, Surprise Creek Colony Stanford, Montana July 12, 1996

Laura Wilson, Hutterite Cowboys Galloping, Surprise Creek Colony Stanford, Montana July 12, 1996

Laura Wilson, Oglala Sioux Family, The Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota December 14, 1996

Laura Wilson, Oglala Sioux Family, The Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota December 14, 1996

Laura Wilson, Sheila Edgar, Cheerleader, Moran High School Moran, Texas November 8, 1991

Laura Wilson, Sheila Edgar, Cheerleader, Moran High School Moran, Texas November 8, 1991