Richard Buswell: Traces - Montana's Frontier Revisited at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Richard Buswell: Traces – Montana's Frontier Revisited

November 25, 2008–February 22, 2009 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts » Second Floor » Wheeler Gallery

Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Wheeler Gallery, Second Floor

An exhibition of more than 50 stunning black and white photographs recalling life on the frontier.

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.

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.


Organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.