Archive: February 2013


Austin-based photographer Matt Rainwaters documented FunFunFun Fest. Rainwater’s answered a few of ILTP’s questions about this personal project.

You mentioned, that this was a nice return to where photography started for you — did you start with shooting music?
Yeah, it is sort of a return to where I started.  The not so short version is that I grew up in the San Fernando Valley outside of LA in the mid 90′s and everything was skateboarding and punk rock back then.  Through those circles I ended up good friends with the lawyer at Epitaph records and he would call in photo passes for me when I wanted to shoot a show.  So, from ’97-2005 that’s what I did with my weekends, just hanging out in crappy punk venues or rehearsal spaces shooting bands.

I can honestly say I have never felt as alive as I have with a camera in my hand shooting a band from the pit

I can honestly say I have never felt as alive as I have with a camera in my hand shooting a band from the pit. FFF Fest always happens at that time of year when things are crazy and you really need a break to recenter yourself… I consider shooting this work vacation and a real labor of love.  Shooting the backstage at the black stage felt just like home and I think this work really reflects the fun I had making it.

Were you shooting film or digital?
I bought my medium format digital set-up earlier this year so I was shooting with a Phase 1 system and a p45 back… probably not ideal for running around in the dust but the files are gorgeous.

Looks pretty wild! Do you have any crazy stories?
Nothing too wild or dangerous on this adventure…  For me the funniest part about this is that I taught high school for awhile in LA, and some of my old students are now in bands and touring. Now when FIDLAR, Anamanaguchi, and Baths cruise through town it’s like an old photo class reunion backstage.

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Allison V. Smith

The Gallery at The University of Texas at Arlington presents Kim Cadmus Owens / Allison V. Smith.

Exhibition Dates: February 25 – March 30, 2013 (closed for Spring Break March 11 – 16) and the Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:30 – 8:00 pm Gallery talk during the reception beginning at 6:30 pm

Kim Cadmus Owens

Dallas based artists, Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith both portray vividly colored landscapes in their work, but each through her own unique style and media. Owens’ paintings, drawings and prints reimagine the urban landscape in abstractions that convey a sense of dynamic movement in static settings. Smith’s photographs capture quirky rural Texas vignettes in evocative compositions that express a subtly minimalist aesthetic. Both artists communicate the idea of personal experience of place in their distinctive imagery.

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX.

For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or






I started this website in March of 2013 because some NYC art buyer friends said something to the effect of, “I can never find any good photographers in Texas”. Seriously? Austin probably has the highest per capita talented photographers of any city in America. So I started the blog, begged a couple of people to help me write for it, and we produced some really great interviews with photographers, art buyers and photo editors.

As anyone who has started a blog knows, it takes a lot of work to keep one up. It takes good content, constant marketing and a real passion about your subject matter to build an audience. I’ve been lucky to have a team of smart, funny and awesome contributors doing just that.

These contributors are all talented photographers themselves, who already wear more hats than most professionals could imagine. The fact that they take the time out of their busy lives to blog for this site is pretty amazing.

I hope that one day this site will attract advertisers and sponsors. Our site traffic has grown steadily over the last 12 months, and we’ve had some very popular posts that have been shared all over the blogosphere (do people use that word anymore?).

But while I wait for a corporate rep to show up at my house with a wheelbarrow full of cash, I would love to raise enough to help compensate the writers.  To that end, I’m excited to announce two new initiatives which I hope make I Love Texas Photo sustainable for many more years to come.

I Love Texas Photo Shop

We are now selling fine art prints by Texas-based artists, as well as tote bags, notebooks and other photo-themed goodies. The archival photos are printed by Austin’s own Agave Print and our totes and tees are hand screenprinted by local shop Kong Screenprinting. All print proceeds are split with the artists. It’s a great way to support local artists and have something unique and special on your walls.

Are you interested in selling a print in the store? Please contact us.

Writers Fund

We’ve started a writers fund. All proceeds are go to the contributors. Every little bit helps, plus you get to choose some pretty cool thank you gifts!

 As a thank you for you donation, I Love Texas Photo will send a gift your way.

  • $5 donation : ILTP Sticker and Button
  • $20 donation: ILTP Notebook
  • $35 donation: ILTP Tote Bag
  • $75  donation: A goodie bag with all the ILTP swag!


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Austin-based photographer and educator Eli Reed will be speaking on a panel with Michael Eric Dyson, Paul Farber, Jamel Shabazz, Deborah Willis and Brigitte Freed (wife of famed civil rights photographer and Magnum Photos member Leonard Freed) at the New York Public Library June 5.


 The March on Washington. © Estate of Leonard Freed – Magnum Photos (Brigitte Freed).

Reproduced in This Is the Day: The March on Washington. © Estate of Leonard Freed – Magnum Photos

This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications 2013) presents Magnum photographer Leonard Freed’s visual testimony of the event that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech. The photographs were chosen from hundreds Freed made in the nation’s capital that day—before, during, and after the march. They present wide-angle views of marchers overflowing the National Mall, group portraits of people straining to see the speakers, and close-ups of individual faces filled with hope and yearning. Accompanying them are an account of the preparations leading up to the march by civil rights activist and author Julian Bond; an introduction to the march by sociology professor and author Michael Eric Dyson; and a discussion of Freed’s approach to the project by scholar Paul Farber.

Copies of the book are available for purchase and signing at the event after the audience Q&A.

This illustrious panel discusses the role photography played during the civil rights movement, the photographic legacy of the march, and how image makers such as Freed have influenced a new generation of photojournalists who continue to use their cameras to raise awareness of social injustices. Special guest Brigitte Freed, widow of Leonard Freed also joins the discussion.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.


Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Map and directions)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
First come, first served
FREE – Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Address: New York Public Library, New York, NY

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