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Photography Exhibit Recalls Life on the Frontier

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

November 13, 2008

Richard Buswell: Traces - Montana's Frontier Revisited, an exhibition of more than 50 black and white photographs, will be on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 25, 2008, through February 22, 2009.

Cactus-Covered Roof No. 1
Cactus-Covered Roof No. 1

Buswell, a photographer from Helena, Montana, often visited ghost towns with his parents when he was a child. He has spent the last two decades photographing abandoned homesteads and derelict settlements in western Montana. He documents the passing of time with images such as an iron bed frame in the snow, a long-vacant pioneer cabin, and the remains of a dormant mine. Using a 35mm camera, Buswell finds the beauty and compositional harmony in nature’s reclamation of these remnants of human habitation.


“Richard Buswell: Traces - Montana’s Frontier Revisited” was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. A catalogue published by The University of Montana Press will be available in the Museum Store.


Buswell’s photos are in the collections of more than 100 museums, including the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield.

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