Black-and-white is more than the chosen medium in WEEPING MARY, a photo essay about the tiny Texas town with this unusual name by Texas Monthly contributing photographer O. RUFUS LOVETT. It’s also the unmentioned divide embodied by a white lensman’s documenting of a poor and predominantly black community. Lovett’s fine eye for detail and composition—a small hand fan bearing a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. pops out from the corner of one image—is sometimes undone by questionable sequencing (a brilliant shot of Christmas lights on a bicycle loses impact when followed by five shots of similarly bedecked homes). Nevertheless, this is a handsome and compelling look at a world that would go otherwise unnoticed.
From the December 2006 Issue Subscribe