Picks and Pans Review: Frank Matsura: Frontier Photographer

UPDATED 12/14/1981 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/14/1981 at 01:00 AM EST

by JoAnn Roe

The Japanese man who took these pictures, unearthed by the Okanogan, Wash. Historical Society, arrived in the American Northwest in 1903 and remained a mystery. Seemingly well educated and immaculately dressed, he took a job as a cook's helper and began shooting pictures on the side. When he died a decade later at 39, Frank Matsura had become a photographer laureate for the frontier towns of Oregon and Washington. There is hardly an image here without people in it—homesteaders, miners, roughriders and, throughout, cowboys and Indians living together. (Madrona Publishers, Seattle, $24.95)

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