"Straight West" is a book of sixty black-and-white photographs about the deep
interior of the American West, a place whose people are defined by their
relations to animals and the land. The country of "Straight West" is enormous,
stretching from the Mexican border to Montana, but it is also intimate, a matter
of heart as well as geography. Lindy Smith's moving, powerful photographs
capture a world that is too little known: a landscape of ranch work,
self-reliance, and hard-won trust; a place defined by dogs, sheep, cattle, and
horses -- as well as humans.