Bankston, Shugart and Stryker : John A. Stryker

John A. Stryker (1883-1973)

John A. Stryker was one of the first photographers to understand the complicated nature of horse photography.  Stryker began his career in the 1920’s as a rodeo photographer in Montana and Wyoming. In 1940 he moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he continued to improve his skills as a photographer, primarily working to shoot horses for ranch owners in the area. While documenting many now famous horses such as “Wimpy” and “Poco Bueno,” Stryker honed his skills positioning and lighting horses to highlight their body and intelligence. His influence as a documentarian and artist are recognized today in modern horse photography.