Eric O'Connell Photographer

Cowboys East Germany

A project, spanning more than a decade, exploring the adopted identities of a people from the former East of Germany, who identify as cowboy.

Existing as a rebellious response to aspects of Communism – an imagining of freedom and individualism – it's been re-imagined and held onto as a response to the perceived ills of Capitalism. 

A film and several images are in the permanent collection of The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.