About the Artist
Behold! Our poster for the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering! Internationally acclaimed photographer Kurt Markus granted us permission to grace our poster with this amazing shot, taken at the third Gathering in 1987.
Born and raised in rural northwest Montana, Kurt Markus is as at home on a fashion shoot as he is on location anywhere in the world. He seamlessly applies his unique aesthetic to a breadth of work that spans a range of subjects: music, sport, celebrity, travel, reportage, fashion, figure study, landscape and cowboys. Kurt is widely published, both in monographs and anthologies, including three revered volumes on cowboys: After Barbed Wire, Buckaroo and Cowpuncher. He has made pictures for virtually all of the major publications, including: Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, Travel + Leisure, New York Times Magazine, among many others.
Kurt’s photographs are in the collections of several museums and his fine art prints are offered through the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York. He and his wife/agent, Maria, relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2014. See more of Kurt Markus: www.kurtmarkus.com/.
Poster photograph by Kurt Markus · Mary Gridley, 1987 Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada
Poster design by Hans Teensma · impressinc.com