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Photographs from Four Generations of a Texas Family

By M. Williams Byrd, Roy Flukinger (Foreword by), Anne Wilkes Tucker (Afterword by)

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Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Other Information: 38 colour, 155 black & white photographs
Published In: United States, 30 December 2016
The Byrd Williams Collection at the University of North Texas contains more than 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives, accumulated by four generations of Texas photographers, all named Byrd Moore Williams. Beginning in the 1880s in Gainesville, the four Byrds photographed customers in their studios, urban landscapes, crime scenes, Pancho Villa's soldiers, televangelists, and whatever aroused their unpredictable and wide-ranging curiosity. When Byrd IV sat down to choose a selection from this dizzying array, he came face to face with the nature of mortality and memory, his own and his family's. In some cases these photos are the only evidence remaining that someone lived and breathed on this earth. The 193 photos selected here are organized into thematic sections such as "Landscapes," "Violence and Religion," and "Darkness." They are significant not just for the range of subjects, but for the inclusion of a variety of examples of the evolving photographic technology from the 1880s to the present. This book is an unprecedented portrait of both photographic history and the history of Texas, as well as a record of one unique family.

About the Author

Byrd M. Williams IV maintains a studio in Dallas and teaches photography at Collin County Community College. He provided the photographs for Fort Worth's Legendary Landmarks and his work is in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


"The book . . . not only reveals a family s extraordinary love for photography, it also captures 120 years of Texas history, from an image of what is proclaimed to be Sam Houston s andPancho Villa s soldiers to children reenacting the Alamo on a lawn during the post-war era. . . . The images are a reverential window into the lives of Texans otherwise forgotten."--Texas Monthly"

EAN: 9781574416565
ISBN: 1574416561
Publisher: University of North Texas Press,U.S.
Dimensions: 23.62 x 23.62 x 2.03 centimetres (0.75 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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