In 1878 Laton Huffman went to Fort Keogh in Yellowstone Territory as an army post photographer, working there until 1882. He later set up a studio in nearby Miles City. He lived in Montana until his death.
On long exploring trips Laton Huffman recorded life in the Old West, from the Indian, the soldier and the buffalo hunter to bull trains (freight wagons pulled by oxen). He is particularly noted for his documentation of the indiscriminate slaughter of buffalo. First using a stereographic camera that utilized 5x8 glass negatives, in the mid-1880s, Laton Huffman switched to a single-lens camera with 6V2 x 8V2 format. Like many of his contemporaries, he used a portable darkroom tent.