"Laton Alton Huffman: Frontier Photographer"

by Laton Alton Huffman
Preus Library
January 5 - 31, 2018

Laton Alton Huffman

Huffman was born in Winneshiek County and became well-known as an American photographer of Native American and frontier life. He served as a post photographer at Fort Keogh in the Montana Territory, arriving there two years after the Battle of Little Bighorn. His work includes portraits of Native Americans and well-known people like Calamity Jane, as well as buffalo herds before hunters decimated their populations. Portraits of Huffman and his photographic studios are included in the exhibit. Huffman often salvaged old or defective negatives by using oils, watercolors, and other processes to produce authentic coloring on some of his images. His work can be found in several state capitols, railway headquarters and the Library of Congress, and his pictures have been used to illustrate many books and articles on the American West. In 1976, Huffman was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is the only photographer to have received that honor.