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Born in Roundup, Montana in 1947, Kurt Markus began his career photographing the west: the landscape and cowboy life. Markus has led several lives as a photographer, from his work with Western cowboys to fashion, travel, and magazine portrait assignments. Whatever the subject, this Montana-based photographer is known for his sense of realism and his decidedly unslick approach to image making. His work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. his books include After Barbed Wire, Buckaroo, Boxers and Cowpuncher (See below).

Tori felt that Kurt's love for America went hand-in-hand with the theme of her latest album Scarlet's Walk. His photography graces the album booklet and gives life to the navigational map of the album which will be located at Scarlet's Web (only accessible with the actual album).

Markus' photography won an award with Life Magazine's 1999 Alfred Eisenstaedt Photography Awards for his Rolling Stone "Sports Hall of Fame" shots of of triathlete, Peter Kotland. Kurt is represented by galleries in New York (Staley-Wise), Los Angeles (Rose), and Milan (Photology). Kurt currently teaches at The Santa Fe Workshops. More of his work can be viewed on-line at the Staley Wise website.


"When I met Kurt on the phone, I knew... I saw his work first. I had heard of him for years, but then when I saw the work, it was kind of midway through the music...I knew he was the one. The way that he talked about America, as if she were a lover for him, that she was alive...I've always been drawn to photographers. That's been so much a part of inspiration for me. It does go hand in hand with this project, in a big way."
--Tori, Alternative Press Magazine, Nov 2002


Calvin Klein

Cond� Nast Traveler
The New York Times Magazine
Travel & Leisure
Harper�s Bazaar
Vogue (French, British, and Australian editions)
Rolling Stone (25th year anniversary issue)


Cowpuncher: Cowboyin' in the Southwest
by Kurt Markus
Through words and pictures distilled from more than 15 years in the cowboy Southwest, photographer Kurt Markus takes us along on his personal journey of discovery of a working life that lives at once in myth and in reality. This new, beautifully produced book distills the best of his work, an enduring and timeless view into ranch life in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. Following his hugely successful books "After Barbed Wire" and "Buckaroo", this is the cowboy book Markus always wanted to make. Oversized, with 155 exquisite tritone and varnished photographs, and enriched by journal entries by the photographer that reveal an intimate, sometimes lonely, often humorous look into his experiences taking pictures of people and horses, cattle and landscapes, this spectacular book is for anyone who loves the idea of the cowboy. Cowpuncher was published by his own press, Wild Horse Island.
Publisher: Wild Horse Island Press (hardback)
Pub. Date: July 15, 2001

After Barbed Wire: Cowboys of Our Time
by Kurt Markus
Photography by Kurt Marcus.
Publisher: Twelvetrees Pr (hardback)
Pub. Date: February 1986

Buckaroo : Images from the Sagebrush Basin
by Kurt Marcus
Photography by Kurt Marcus.
Publisher: New York Graphic Society (hardback)
Pub. Date: September 1987

Dreaming Georgia
A small fashion monograph by Kurt Marcus
Publisher: Cut
Pub. Date: unknown

by Kurt Markus
Photographers have always loved the starkness and easy drama of boxing gyms. In this new book of boxing portraits taken in Brooklyn, Dublin, Havana, and Mexico City, Montana native Markus--who has previously evoked the risky, loner existence of the rodeo (Calf Roping, Western Horseman, 1984)--shows an understanding beyond the usual solemn and gritty shots of peeling fight posters, raised fists, and bowed heads. Markus communicates his respectful fascination without simply exploiting boxing's melodrama and broken noses. He hints at inner life, too: the jollity of Irish kids training in a Dublin attic or the blunt, wise faces of old Brooklyn trainers. Brief paragraphs by Kirn and seven others are sprinkled throughout. Yet while the photo reproductions are rich, there is something undersized about this project, especially considering the power its images might have had with a larger format and the good supporting texts of last year's lusher art books by photographers Charles Hoff (The Fights, Chronicle) and Larry Fink (Boxing, Powerhouse). Still, this is highly recommended for large sports or photography collections.
Publisher: Twin Palms Pub (hardback)
Pub. Date: January 1998