Pure Quill


  • Finalist: Book of the Year 2017
    Foreword INDIES
  • Bronze Medal for Best Photography Book 2017
    IPPY Independent Publisher Books Awards
  • Gold Medal for Best Photography Book 2017
    IPA Independent Press Awards
  • Best Book of the Year 2016
    Best Art Book of the Year 2016
    New Mexico / Arizona Book Awards
  • Outstanding Photography Award 2016
    Western Heritage Award
    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

In the vernacular of the West, the term pure quill means “authentic; real, through and through.” Barbara Van Cleve’s gripping black-and-white photographs of the West she knows and loves give vision to that term. Born and raised on a working Montana cattle and horse ranch, for seven decades she has focused her lens on the land and sky, and the men, women, and animals who animate it. In riveting compositions, subtle values, and captivating textures, her photographs dispel the myths associated with the West, while conveying its true adventure and compelling drama. In this first book featuring the breadth of her subject matter, readers experience her other themes, including Rodeo as Dance, striking night scenes, the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive series, and documentation of the Spanish Mission Trail in Baja California, Mexico. Honesty, consistency, and versatility are the hallmarks of Van Cleve’s oeuvre, and pride of place, her brand.

Barbara Van Cleve has had over sixty one-person shows. Her work is in public and private collections in the United States as well as internationally.  Pure Quill Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve Contributor: Susan Hallsten McGarry, Foreword by B. Byron Price Afterword by Kymberly Pinder, Preface by Tim Cahill
Date: 2016

Size: 12.5 x 10.75
Pages: 216
Plates: 178
ISBN: 978-1-934491-54-6

Purchase price: $75.00