Evelyn Cameron

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Evelyn Cameron
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Evelyn Cameron, seen standing upright on a horse.
Born Evelyn Jephson Flower
(1868-08-26)August 26, 1868
Furze Down Park, near Streatham, England, United Kingdom
Died December 26, 1928(1928-12-26) (aged 60)
Terry, Prairie County, Montana
Occupation photographer, rancher, farmer
Spouse(s) Ewen Somerled Cameron

Evelyn Cameron (1868–1928) was a Terry, Montana based photographer and rancher. British-born Cameron, and her naturalist husband Ewen, moved to the Terry area in the late 19th century. Evelyn Cameron documented the life of early settlers in Eastern Montana over the course of 30 years there, photographing cowboys, sheepherders, weddings, river crossings, freight wagons, people working, badlands, eagles, coyotes and wolves.

Cameron garnered national acclaim for the area through the work of former Time-Life Books editor, Donna Lucey. In the late 1970s, Lucey discovered thousands of Cameron's prints and negatives, along with diaries and letters covering thirty-six years of frontier life, stashed away in the basement of Cameron's best friend's home.[1] After intensive study of the photos and documents Lucey wrote a biography, Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron, which reproduces more than 170 Cameron images.

The bulk of the photographs are now housed at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Prints and artifacts are also displayed at the Evelyn Cameron museum in Terry, Montana.

Cameron is the subject of the PBS documentary, Evelyn Cameron: Pictures From A Worthy Life.[2]


  1. ^ Lucey 1990, pp. ix–xii.
  2. ^ "Evelyn Cameron: Pictures from a Worthy Life - Montana Programs - Montana PBS". Evelyn Cameron: Pictures from a Worthy Life - Montana Programs - Montana PBS. 


Lucey, Donna M. (1990). Photographing Montana, 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0394540360. 

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