Throughout the centuries, the gaucho inevitably underwent changes, in step with changing times and proving surprisingly adaptable. Today we find the gaucho to be a wanderer, horse tamer, cattle herder, a fence builder, interacting with society through jobs that give him autonomy, for the work he does is that of a man with no ties. While sharing mate with an old gaucho, I asked him, “What is the gaucho?” After a long silence, he replied, “The gaucho is the ground he treads upon.” I understood instantly: a man grows to resemble and indeed becomes one with what he does.
Born in Uruguay in 1965, Luis Fabini’s interest in photography was ignited by his father who put a camera in his hands at age seven before the two embarked on a memorable road trip across the Andes. He is a self-taught photographer, who began his professional journey as a trekking guide and a travel photographer in South America. In 2003, Fabini started his current body of work, ‘American Cowboys’, with a personal journey back to his roots in Uruguay that expanded into a profound look at a vanishing culture spanning all the Americas, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego. In 2012, his book Gauchos was published, and in late 2015, American Cowboys is to be released by Greystone Publishers, of Canada.