If Western films often attempt to draw upon historical photographs for accuracy, it is worth noting that National Geographic, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, is currently showcasing photographs of the American West in various Western museums across the United States. The images are taken from the Society’s collection and span some 125 years.
The exhibit, Greatest Photographs of the American West, launched simultaneously in ten museums in the Fall of 2012 and is accompanied by an official companion photo book:
Image – National Geographic
Locations currently exhibiting the collection include the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A complete list of the participating museums – along with exhibit dates – can be found at this link: Western Museums
The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, located in Corning, New York, has created this video preview of the collection:
Further information about the collection can be found at this official National Geographic link: Photographs of the West
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)