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  • 11/2015
  • 9780996628501 0996628509
  • 140 pages
  • $58
Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch
Jeremy Enlow, author
Fort Worth-based Jeremy Enlow was given exclusive access to the cowboys behind the prestigious reversed triple D brand of the Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States under one fence. Enlow is an advertising, media and fine arts photographer based in Fort Worth. More than 36,000 of his images have been published worldwide. Enlow grew up in Granbury, Texas, where his first published photo appeared in the Hood County News when he was 10 years old. Committed to supporting local business with maximum production quality, Enlow self-published the hardcover Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch (140 pages - 12 inches tall x 10.5 inches wide), which was printed in Fort Worth by Four Color Press on 100# glossy stock. The book design was handled by Paradigm Creative also from Fort Worth. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to The Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund.
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This handsome collection of photos taken at the historic Waggoner Ranch in northwest Texas—the largest ranch under one fence in the United States, with more than 510,570 acres—portrays the fading cowboy lifestyle pioneered by “lean and dusty riders who braved the wild to make room for a herd,” as Batts, a native Texan, writes in her brief,provocative introduction. Enlow, a photographer based in Fort Worth, Tex., chronicles the grit and grace of daily life for the cowboys who keep the ranch running. He captures fuzzy images of the predawn hours, when breakfast preparation begins in the cook shack, and then follows the cowboys out to pasture, where they corral and brand the day’s cattle. With an eye for detail, Enlow focuses his lens on the sunbaked lines of veteran cowboys’ faces and the steely stares of younger ones. He also captures the ranch’s broad, majestic landscapes that spill out beneath expansive blue skies. In February 2016, the Waggoner Ranch was sold to billionaire Stan Kroenke, owner of multiple professional sports teams and husband of Walmart heiress Ann Walton Kroenke—leaving uncertain the future of the 26 cowboys (and their families) who are so beautifully depicted here. Color photos. (BookLife)
Fort Worth, TX Magazine

Jeremy Enlow, a highly lauded advertising, media and fine arts photographer based in Fort Worth, unveils his inaugural photography book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch on Nov. 1. Now available for online presale, the limited edition book gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the Cow Camp operation behind the reversed triple D brand of the legendary Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States under one fence. Enlow partnered with writer Jan Nichols Batts, a native Texan who started her professional career when she was 14 years old as a reporter for The Abilene Reporter-News.Being immersed with the cowboys for days at a time was both eye-opening and mouth-closing, Enlow said. “Whether it rains, sleets or snows, the cowboys are always working.”  “Some people think of the cowboy as a half-mythological folk hero, just a symbol of the American West,” said Helen Willingham, joint owner of the Waggoner Ranch. “The Waggoner Cowboys are real people.  They are essential to the daily operation and success of this outfit.  They are proud to ride for the 3D brand. Our cowboys have been a vital cog in the wheel of Waggoner success for many years.  The pride they have in this organization is evidenced by the hard work they put in day after day, preserving a very special way of life.” Enlow self-published the hardcover Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, which was printed in Fort Worth by Four Color Press on 100# glossy stock. Paradigm Creative, also from Fort Worth, designed the book.“Most books are printed in China due to cost savings,” Enlow said. “I felt this book about Texans, in Texas, should be printed right here in Fort Worth. The Waggoner Ranch has such a deep history with the City of Fort Worth I’m glad we were able to keep everything local. With the ranch for sale, the new owners could divide the ranch and this way of life for the cowboys would disappear. I wanted to document this way of life for my kids and future generations.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to The Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund. 

Glenn Dromgoole

Waggoner Ranch: Weatherford photographer Jeremy Enlow says his book, “Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch,” is a “100 percent Texas book — produced by Texans, about Texans, for Texans.” It was even printed in Texas. 

The elegant, full-color, 140-page oversized book (11-by-12 inches) features Enlow’s captivating photos, with informative text by Fort Worth writer Jan Nichols Batts.

The book focuses on the day-to-day life of the 26 cowboys who continue to work cattle on the Waggoner, even as the massive 510,572-acre ranch is on the market and its future is unresolved.

“This book,” the authors note in the introduction, “is a glimpse into the lives of cowboys who ride the trails of their forebears, living a life and practicing skills that have almost disappeared.”

The book sells for $58, and the first printing (November) sold out in 10 days. A second printing came out earlier this month.

To get more information, view some of the photographs, or order the book, go to waggonercowboys.com.

Great Southwest Book Festival

A coffee table book that brilliantly captures a vanishing bit of the Old West is the grand prize winner of the 2016 Great Southwest Book Festival.

Photographer Jeremy Enlow’s “Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch” is a behind-the-scenes look at the workers of the 510,572-acre ranch, the largest in the United States under one contiguous fence. The book follows 26 Cow Camp workers, who are still performing tasks that are similar to what men did back in the 1850s on the ranch. 

Enlow’s insightful eye and colorful framing make this book a must for anyone who lives in the area and wants to remember the men and forces that shaped the southwest.

News
10/01/2015
A Vanishing Breed

360 West, October 2015

10/31/2015
Behind the scenes book on Waggoner Ranch

Waggoner Ranch, one of the largest working ranches in America is up for sale. However, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the Texas ranch before it changes hands in a new book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. Photographer, Jeremy Enlow visited Good Day Saturday to discuss the book.

11/01/2015
Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

Fort Worth Magazine, November 2015

12/03/2015
In Galleries: Former DMN Director of Photography, John Davidson, hooks up with J

Part 2/2

John Davidson, who was the Director of Photography at the DMN from 1984 – 2002, (he hired me as the photo assignments editor in late 1996) was called by Jeremy Enlow, a former student of his at UNT, to see if he’d look at some photos he’d shot at a ranch back in April. John had taught photojournalism as an adjunct prof several semesters in Denton. The two have stayed in touch over the years and share a love of the outdoors and hunted together before John moved to Maryland, where he had been teaching until last spring...

 

11/30/2015
In Galleries: Meet photographer Jeremy Enlow at book signing for Cowboys of the

Part 1/2I bumped into Jeremy Enlow at a recent show at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery and asked him to give me the down and dirty on his hot off the press, self-published book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, that quickly sold out a first run of 1,500 copies. There’s no doubt he got down and dirty documenting the working ranch near Vernon, established in 1849, that’s the largest in the state inside one fence (according to its website); some say it’s the largest in the country...

12/11/2015
Jeremy Enlow: Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

On the occasion of release of the book Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, PDNB Gallery in Dallas, presents the first exhibition of photographs by Jeremy Enlow.

With a decision looming on the inevitable sale of the legendary 510,572-acre Waggoner Ranch in Northwest Texas, this young Texas photographer was given exclusive access to the Cow Camp operation behind the prestigious reversed triple D brand of the Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States under one contiguous fence.

The book and prints are a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of the ranch’s 26 Cow Camp workers who practice skills that have almost disappeared. Unlike their modern day counterparts of the Ranch’s horse operation, the work of these cowboys has changed little since Daniel Waggoner claimed his preemption grant of 160 acres in 1854 and struck out with 242 head of longhorns and six horses for the rolling prairies of west Texas.

“There was a time when the chink-a-chink of spurs was immediately identifiable, the creak of a saddle an ordinary thing, and a man wasn’t worth much in a practical sense if he couldn’t throw a rope … Being a cowboy was hard work that paid twelve dollars a month or twenty calves a year if you worked for Dan and Tom Waggoner.”  – Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

10/28/2015
Meet the author and photographer behind "Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch"

Author and photographer Jeremy Enlow interviewed on ABC's Dallas affilliate, WFAA's Good Morning Texas

10/23/2015
Photography book documents work of Waggoner Ranch cowboys

As the sale of the legendary 510,572-acre Waggoner Ranch awaits, Fort Worth-based photographer Jeremy Enlow has released a book on the Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch.The coffee table book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the ranch’s 26 Cow Camp workers, whose work is said to be little changed since Daniel Waggoner claimed a land grant of 160 acres in 1854 to start the West Texas ranch. Tom Horton served as CEO of American Airlines during its stay in bankruptcy, from November 2011 until December 2013.Tom Horton served as CEO of American Airlines during its stay in bankruptcy, from November 2011 until December 2013. Ron T. Ennis MCT“They rise before dawn, ride tall in the saddle all day whether the day is sunny or a cold and biting wind swirls around them, as they saddle their chosen mounts,” said Helen Biggs Willingham, joint owner of the Waggoner Ranch, in a statement. “They no longer battle Indians and outlaws of old, but they face the elements of nature every day. Some people think of the cowboy as a half-mythological folk hero, just a symbol of the American West. The Waggoner Cowboys are real people.”Enlow was given exclusive access to the Cow Camp operation behind the prestigious reversed triple D brand of the Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States under one contiguous fence.Enlow self-published the 140-page hardcover book, printed in Fort Worth by Four Color Press. The book sells for $58 and a copy can be reserved online at www.waggonercowboys.com. Shipments will start Nov. 1.

10/27/2015
Texas photographer pays tribute to 'Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch'

Long after the dissolution of Texas' notorious Waggoner Ranch, a fragment of its cowboy history will prevail in the images captured by one photographer given exclusive access to its Cow Camp Operation.

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Hardcover Book Details
  • 11/2015
  • 9780996628501 0996628509
  • 140 pages
  • $58

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