Featured in great magazines around the world, art prints, calendars and over 50 coffee table books, David Stoecklein’s work has earned him the title of “Best Living Photographer of the West.” Photographing the West, a new exhibit at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, will highlight images from his career, many that were taken in Parker County at the Saunders’ ranch, that showcase the great American west. The exhibit begins Friday.Along with the exhibit, the public is invited for an evening with Stoecklein on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. A lecture, book signing as well as refreshments are planned for visitors who will get a first look at this exciting new exhibition. It is free to members, $5 in advance for the public or $10 at the door.“I am very excited we have the opportunity to show Stoecklein’s work at the Doss,” said Amanda Rush, DHCC Curator. “Many of his photographs capture the rich ranching heritage of Parker County.”Stoecklein launched his photographic career taking lifestyle shots of skiing, fishing, hiking, and biking, landing assignments for companies such as Coca-Cola, Ski Magazine, L.L. Bean, Reebok, Timberland and Scientific Angler. It was not long, however, before he turned his lens to his neighbors on the great ranches of the West. He has spent the last 30 years documenting the culture as well as the people of the region.His fascination with the ranching heritage of the American West led him to befriend, and subsequently photograph, the men and women still breathing life into the mythical figure of the cowboy. David’s passion for preserving the traditions and beliefs of the country’s honest, hard-working cowboys and cowgirls gradually earned him their respect. With that respect came an open invitation to share in their lives, and the great responsibility to honor their trust.Stoecklein’s work has been featured in most of the great magazines around the world including publications such as: Western Horseman, Farm and Ranch, American Cowboy, National Geographic, Outdoor Life, Time, Newsweek, LIFE, Cowboys & Indians, Working Ranch, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photographer, Big Sky Journal, and many more.