The Photographers

Lights! Camera! Acknowledgments! Presenting the lensmen and lenswomen who made this issue possible.

February 1998By Comments

Shelby Lee Adams follows in the tradition of Depression-era greats such as Walker Evans and Russell Lee. He has chronicled the mountain people of Kentucky for Appalachian Portraits, Appalachian Legacy, and Of Time and Memory: Appalachian Photographs. He lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

Max Aguilera-Hellweg’s photos have appeared in many publications as well as in the movie The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The author of The Sacred Heart: A Photographic Atlas of Invasive Surgery, he is now a pre-med student in New York.

Richard Avedon is arguably America’s greatest photographer. His career includes tenures as the chief fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. He lives in New York. (c 1985 Richard Avedon. All rights reserved.)

James Balog’s work for National Geographic, Life, Smithsonian, and other publications has taken him to the Arctic, the Himalayas, and other exotic locales. His books include Wildlife Requiem and Survivors. Balog lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Joe Baraban’s work has appeared in magazines such as Life and National Geographic and in the internal publications and advertising campaigns of clients ranging from Toyota to Coca-Cola. He lives in Houston.

Kent Barker switched to photography after a knee injury forced him to give up a scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet. During his years in Dallas, he shot fashion assignments and magazine portraits. He now lives in Taos, New Mexico, where he specializes in landscape and travel photography.

Bruce Berman’s first assignment was documenting a sixties watershed, the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Today he is known for his fine-art images of life on the U.S.-Mexico border. A resident of El Paso, he has also worked for editorial and commercial clients nationwide.

Patrick Berry pursued freelance photography throughout the seventies and eighties for editorial, advertising, and corporate clients. His book, Lone Stars: A Celebration of Texas, focused on the Texas star as a design feature. He lives in Houston.

Reagan Bradshaw, a past president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, is a veteran photographer whose corporate and advertising clients include Sony, Exxon, and Goodyear. He lives in Austin.

Esther Bubley was born in Wisconsin and attended the Minneapolis School of Design. After a brief stint on the staff of Vogue, she was one of a handful of photographers who came to Texas in the forties as part of the Standard Oil company’s massive effort to document America in the age of petroleum. She later worked for Life and the Pittsburgh Photographic Library. She lives in New York.

Jim Cammack operated an East Texas studio devoted to commercial and editorial photography before signing on with the international agency Black Star in 1990. He currently lives in Bayfield, Colorado, where he divides his time between photography and training dogs.

Keith Carter has published five monographs, including Mojo (1992), Heaven of Animals (1995), and Bones (1996). His work is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and more. He holds the Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, his lifelong home.

Kevin Clarke lives in New York and exhibits his photography throughout the United States and Europe. His latest work is Portrait of John Cage, an installation of seven photographic panels.

William Coupon has photographed Australian aborigines, African pygmies, Moroccan Berbers, Turkish Kurds, and other indigenous peoples. His photos have graced the covers of Time and Newsweek as well as albums by Bette Midler, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo-Yo Ma. He lives in New York.

Dennis Darling notes that “with a name like Darling, you don’t take pictures of flowers.” His photographic specialty is subcultures, from motorcycle gangs to the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi party. He is a photography professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Harry De Zitter’s images combine technical mastery and emotional vision. He is best known for his resonant American landscapes and interiors, which are informed and transformed by his European background. He lives in Chatham, Massachusetts, where he balances advertising and fine-art work.

Windy Drum opened a commercial photography studio in Waco in 1958. For the next thirty years, he never went anywhere without his camera, snapping thousands of pictures of everyday life for local businesses and other clients. He died in 1988.

John Dyer of San Antonio studied with Russell Lee, Garry Winogrand, and Geoff Winningham. He has taught photography and art at Trinity University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and San Antonio College. His work includes series on conjunto musicians and boxers.

Andrew Eccles of New York has photographed Demi Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta, and many other stars. He has worked for Esquire, GQ, Time, and Life as well as Warner Bros., ABC, NBC, Sony, and Fox. Other subjects include fashions by designer Geoffrey Beene (as worn by the New York City Ballet), the Zulu people of South Africa, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

James H. Evans has documented the land and people of West Texas for a variety of national and international newspapers and magazines. He owns and operates the Evans Gallery in Marathon.

Larry Fink is known for his inventive, influential documentary style. His books include Social Graces, a study of class distinctions, and Boxing, a visual essay on the sport. He has won two Guggenheim and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. A professor of photography at Bard College, he lives in upstate New York.

Pam Francis of Houston is an accomplished portraitist whose roster of clients includes numerous magazines and advertising agencies. “Getting to meet people is the best part of my job,” she says. “Rich or poor, beautiful or hideous, remarkable or worthless, everyone I shoot is interesting to me.”

Sally Gall’s fascination with water distinguishes her atmospheric photographs, such as those in her 1995 book, The Water’s Edge. A resident of New York, she grew up in Houston.

Don Glentzer, an advertising and editorial photographer, lives in Houston. His clients include McCann Erickson, the Richards Group, Ogilvy and Mather, Weiden and Kennedy, Entertainment Weekly, and Men’s Health. His “Historical Cemeteries” series is on permanent exhibit at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Michael Halsband documented the Rolling Stones’ U.S. tour in 1981 and subsequently pursued fashion and editorial photography for Interview, Art News, GQ, Vogue, Life, Self, and other publications. The New Yorker is also a filmmaker and a director of music videos. Mark Hanauer started his career as a staff photographer for A&M Records in 1978. His work has appeared on numerous album covers as well as in GQ, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

John Huet of Boston is one of the nation’s most prominent sports photographers. He has shot individual athletes from André Agassi to Jackie Joyner-Kersee and advertising campaigns for Reebok, Nike, Puma, Adidas, and other corporations. His latest book is Soul of the Game.

Tommy Hultgren, formerly a staff photographer for the San Antonio Light, says he specializes in shooting the “real” in people, whether in the whirl of political conventions or in the thick of environmental problems on the Texas-Mexico border. He lives in San Antonio.

Birney Imes lives in Columbus, Mississippi. Completely self-taught, he is a fine-art photographer whose images have been collected in three books: Juke Joint, Whispering Pines, and Partial to Home.

Geof Kern opened his Dallas studio in 1979 and has since become internationally renowned for his work in magazines, advertising, and design. The recipient of a Grammy, a Cannes Palm d’Or, and a Cannes Gold Lion, he has produced numerous award-winning campaigns for such clients as Matsuda and Neiman Marcus.

Kent Kirkley has captured on film Charles Whitman’s 1966 shooting spree atop the University of Texas Tower and also various scenes from the Vietnam War—first as a combat photographer for the U.S. Navy, then as a photographic adviser to the Vietnamese Navy. Today the Dallas resident counts among his clients magazines and ad agencies.

Mark Klett, a veteran of dozens of solo and group shows, is known for his landscapes and urban vistas. He has authored eight books, and his prints are represented in some thirty collections. An associate professor at Arizona State University, he lives in Tempe.

Rocky Kneten notes, “I arrived in Houston in 1984, just as the price of a barrel of oil approached the price of a milk shake. Looking back, I realize this wasn’t so bad; it gave me a lesson in hard work.” Today his roster of clients ranges from Baylor University to Rolling Stone. He also pursues landscape photography.

Barbara Laing’s photojournalism has appeared in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Life, and Sports Illustrated. Over the past three years the Midland resident has covered the Oklahoma City bombing, toxic-waste dumping in Texas, and the Unabomber story.

Robert Latorre first worked as a photo stringer and a freelance photojournalist, crisscrossing South America, Europe, and the United States. Since 1975 he has lived in Dallas, where he specializes in commercial photography and commercial film production.

Russell Lee, an Illinois native, rose to prominence in the thirties as a member of the legendary group of documentary photographers who recorded the lives of destitute farmers for the Farm Security Administration. In the forties he was part of the team of Standard Oil photographers. Later he taught photography at the University of Texas at Austin. He died in 1986.

Annie Leibovitz is one of the most prominent photographers of her generation. She is highly acclaimed for her celebrity portraits, many taken during her long associations with Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Her subjects have included John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Salvador Dali, Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger, and Norman Mailer. She lives in New York.

O. Rufus Lovett is a director of the Texas Photographic Society and a professor of photography at Kilgore College. Two of his longtime series subjects are the Kilgore Rangerettes and the town of Weeping Mary. He lives in Longview.

Mary Ellen Mark, the author of eleven books, is internationally renowned for documentary photography, such as her photo essays on circuses and brothels in India and runaway children in Seattle. She has also produced the films Streetwise and American Heart and worked for a variety of corporations in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in New York.

Kurt Markus terms his photographs “decidedly unslick.” He has worked for Rolling Stone, Vogue, Mirabella, The New Yorker, Men’s Journal, and Harper’s Bazaar as well as for advertising clients such as Nike, Sony, Armani, BMW, and AT&T. A resident of Kalispell, Montana, he has published two cowboy compendiums, Barbed Wire and Buckaroo.

Jim Marshall, a lifelong resident of San Francisco, is one of the nation’s preeminent rock and roll photographers. The chief photographer at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, he has spent the past four decades shooting such legendary musicians as Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.

Scogin Mayo was introduced to photography by his father, a devoted amateur. He divides his time between commercial and editorial work for Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, Men’s Journal, and many other clients. He lives in Dallas.

Pete McArthur’s painterly style—particularly his use of bright color—has made him a favorite of magazines and corporate clients alike. He lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and teaches at the Pasadena Art Center.

James McGoon says he “specializes in capturing the images of people.” He has shot hundreds of pictures for dozens of magazines, from movie stars and HIV-positive children to politicians and ballet dancers. He lives in San Antonio.

Wyatt McSpadden is best known for his longtime chronicling of the Cadillac Ranch, the automotive art installation outside Amarillo. He also handles editorial and commercial assigments for a variety of publications and corporations. A native of Amarillo, he now lives in Austin.

Raymond Meeks favors shooting in black and white and making his own prints. His fine-art images frequently take the form of environmental portraits or landscapes, often with people “to add scale or emotion.” He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Wyman Meinzer applied his bachelor’s degree in wildlife management to a career in nature photography. His books include Roadrunner and Coyote, and his images have appeared in Smithsonian, Audubon, and other publications. He lives in Benjamin.

Arthur Meyerson handles corporate, advertising, and editorial work. His clients include Coca-Cola, Nike, Apple, National Geographic, United Airlines, American Express, and Motorola. He lives in Houston.

Doug Milner of Poetry was a veteran photojournalist best known for his work at the Dallas Times Herald. In 1987 he became a freelance photographer for Newsweek, Forbes, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and many other magazines. He died in 1996. Today his wife, Brenda, and daughter, Sophie Texanna, run Milner Stock Photography.

Jim Myers is a Dallas photographer who works primarily for advertising agencies, specializing in still lifes and portraiture. In his spare time he restores classic motorcycles and rides with his buddies on the back roads of Texas.

Helmut Newton achieved international fame in the seventies for his fashion shots in French Vogue. His portraits are also known for their distinctive combination of immediacy, controversy, and glamour. A native of Berlin, he lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Michael O’Brien first worked as a news photographer in Miami and later established a studio in New York. His commercial clients include GTE, Kodak, and Apple, and his editorial work has appeared in Life, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Austin.

Laurence Parent of Austin specializes in landscape, travel, and nature photography. His coffee-table book Texas appeared in 1995, followed in 1997 by the Official Guide to Texas State Parks. He has worked for Outside, Men’s Journal, Newsweek, and other publications.

Rick Patrick has shot everything from soup to nuts in his many years as Texas Monthly’s principal food photographer. His work has also appeared in magazines ranging from Travel and Leisure to Success and in national advertising campaigns for such companies as IBM. He lives in Austin.

Tom Ryan, a tabletop director and cinematographer, heads a division of Michael Schrom and Company, known for its studio close-up photography. His recent work has included commercials for United Airlines, Kraft, Taco Bell, 7-Eleven, and Tabasco. He lives in Chicago.

Martin Schreiber is most famous for shooting Madonna in the nude, but he has also photographed archaeologists in Turkey and arty cafes in his hometown of Paris. His latest book, on cowboys around the world, will be published in the spring of 1999.

Ron Scott has shot 31 Texas Monthly covers, more than any other photographer. Since 1984, through his Houston-based company, he has created computer-generated images for annual reports and magazines.

Mark Seliger, a native of Amarillo, began working as a Rolling Stone photographer in 1987 and has since shot more than eighty RS covers. His books include Crazy Sexy Cool, a compilation of his portraits for US magazine, and When They Came to Take My Father: Voices of the Holocaust. He has also directed music videos for Shawn Colvin, Hole, and other performers. He lives in New York.

Stephen Shames is a freelance photojournalist and art photographer. His books include Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America (1991) and Pursuing the Dream: What Helps Children and Their Families Succeed (1997). He lives in New York.

M. K. Simqu’s most recent photo essay focuses on the nonnative plants that are threatening Florida waterways. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines. She teaches at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

Brian Smale has an extensive editorial clientele, including Rolling Stone and the Washington Post Magazine. Born and raised in Canada, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Jno. Trlica was a first-generation Texan born to Czech immigrants. He arrived in Granger in 1900 and within a decade was photographing townsfolk with his big Kodak studio camera: six postcard-size prints for a dollar. Trlica died in 1977.

Danny Turner’s work has been solicited by the likes of Forbes, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Bon Appétit, and Entertainment Weekly, and he also works for a diverse assortment of advertising clients. Many of his photographs, he notes, are in the permanent collection at his mother’s house. He lives in Dallas.

Will van Overbeek’s first major project was the book Aggies: Life in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. He has worked on photographic assignments for Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and other publications and for corporations such as Nike, McDonald’s, and IBM. He lives in Austin.

Joseph Vento first worked as a contributing photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview. Subsequently, his clients included major editorial and fashion names throughout Europe and the U. S. Today he specializes in fine-art photography, dividing his time between New York and New Mexico.

Andy Vracin lives in Dallas. Since 1981 he has produced distinctly noir-ish photographs for a variety of corporate and editorial clients. He has also directed television commercials for MTV, Six Flags Over Texas, and Habitat for Humanity.

Greg Watermann lives in Dallas, where he pursues portrait and fashion photography for such publications as Elle, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Mademoiselle. His most memorable shoot was with Nirvana for the January 1992 cover of Spin.

William Wegman is famed for his whimsical shots of his pet Fay Ray and other weimaraners. His work has been exhibited and acquired by numerous national and international museums, and his honors and awards include two Guggenheim Fellowships. Among his books are Puppies (1997), Man’s Best Friend (1982), and a variety of children’s best-sellers. He lives in New York.

Robert A. Widdicombe, a former assistant to Eliot Porter, has taught college courses, designed books, and run his own advertising agency in addition to pursuing fine-art photography. He lives thirty miles south of Santa Fe in a solar-powered house he built by hand.

Curtis Wilcott lives in Midland, where he has been the photo editor and chief photographer for the Midland Reporter-Telegram since 1987.

Laura Wilson’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the London Sunday Times Magazine, and other publications. She is the author of Watt Matthews of Lambshead, a photographic tribute to a legendary Texas rancher. She lives in Dallas.

Geoff Winningham is a professor at Rice University in Houston. He has chronicled the classic Texas institutions of rodeo and high school football in Going Texan and Rites of Fall. His most recent volume, In the Eye of the Sun, focuses on Mexico’s regional fiestas.

Dan Winters is known for celebrity portraits, photojournalism, and scientific photography. He has worked for Rolling Stone, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Details as well as Nike, Sega, IBM, Paramount, and Warner Bros. He also directs  music videos and was the cinematographer for  Sandra Bullock’s Making Sandwiches. He lives in Hollywood.

Robert Ziebell arrived in Houston in 1983 as artist-in-residence at the city’s Museum of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited nationwide and has also appeared in numerous magazines. He has taught photography and film at the University of Houston and at Houston’s Glassell School of Art.

Itinerant Photographer”—real name unknown—drove from town to town in Texas in 1934, persuading local businesspeople to let him take their picture and hoping for a sale when he returned with a finished print. Nothing else is known about him except that he wore a suit.

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