Gauchos, vaqueiros, chagras, charros, huasos. In countries around the Americas, in different languages and by any other name, they are all cowboys.
All photos © Luis Fabini
Vaqueiros (2010) Sertao, Brazil. A vaqueiro wrestles a bull in the corrals.
Luis Fabini’s interest in photography began at the age of seven when his father placed a camera in his hand before they embarked on crossing the Andes mountain range.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he became a hiking guide and photographer around South America in his 20s before going on to direct and produce documentary films and later becoming a travel and fashion photographer.
Cowboys (2009) Haythorn Ranch, Neb. Open-range branding during a spring roundup.
Vaqueiros (2010) Sertao, Brazil. The vaqueiros wear handmade, protective leather clothing to protect themselves from the thorns of the Caatinga shrub.
Gauchos (2006) Bagé, Brazil. A yunta, or team of horsemen, are in full swing during a paleteada, which consists of two horsemen pressing against a cow’s shoulder to make it change direction.
Charros (2010) Mexico.
Cowboy, Pitchfork Ranch, Texas.
Gauchos (2005) Tacuarembo, Uruguay. A cattle herder.
Huasos (2010) Central Andes, Chile. Foreman Luciano Miranda Araya ropes a wild stallion.
Cowboys (2009) Haythorn Ranch, Neb. Cord Haythorn.
Huasos (2009) Cordilera de los Andes, Chile.
Chatras (2008) Cotopaxi Páramo, Ecuador. A roundup of wild horses, at an altitude of 14,000 feet.
Qorilazos (2010) Chumbivilcas, Peru. Juan Carlos Vidal Patino Monroy.
Cowboys (2009) The Pitchfork Ranch, Texas. A range crew leaves camp for a cattle drive.