We’re excited to be spotlighting the work of photographer Todd Klassy today. Todd spent a period of one month photographing and documenting the cowboys and ranchers of Blaine County, Montana; a county that’s twice the size of Connecticut and Manhattan combined. (Blaine County has only 6000 residents and 17-times more cows than it has people!) His final collection of images were put together in a video slideshow documenting what he saw and experienced.
Raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Todd sold his house, closed his business, and moved to Montana to fulfill his dream of photographing the back roads and hidden corners of the American West. An admirer of iconic symbols of American culture, Todd spends much of his time making photographs of the remote, anonymous landmarks that dot the western landscape. Many of Todd’s photographs show his fondness for eastern Montana in particular where he finds many of the old abandoned homesteads, churches, schoolhouses, and grain elevators that distinguish his photographs.
Todd also spends much of his time photographing Montana’s cowboys, Native American Indians, and railroad workers, whose culture and traditional way of life is threatened by the hands of time. Todd lives in Havre, but considers the gravel roads of Montana his home as he travels from one corner of the state to the other seeking interesting stories to capture with his camera. His photos have been published in Montana Magazine, Popular Photography, Newsweek, People, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications, newspapers, websites, calendars and books.
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