If youâ€™re a history buff, are infatuated with the Black Hills of South Dakota, or appreciate beautiful photography, I encourage you to visit Dakota Photo. Paul Horstedâ€™s photography and books are the best places to satisfy any of the above aforementioned interests.
Paul and his family go to the same church I do, his wife and I are in the same book club, and I proudly own and regularly use two Nikon cameras and lenses that Paul previously used. He lives in Custer and works from his home and has done extensive work re-photographing places photographers took when pioneers and explorers first came through the Black Hills. His books include The Black Hills, Yesterday and Today, Exploring with Custer: The 1874 Black Hills Expedition (co-authored with Ernest Grafe), Custer State Park: From the Mountains to the Plains, and most recently, Crossing the Plains with Custer, a companion volume to Exploring with Custer.
The photos Paulâ€™s posted on his website called South Dakota Beauty and Lightning and Rainbows! are my favorites and are worth a look. His books are fascinating reading and the photographs are a joy to look at. Seeing places that were photographed in the 1870â€™s from the exact same locations years later are amazing. These books make wonderful conversation pieces, gifts,Â and compliment any coffee table or trip to the Black Hills.