Join us for a discussion with photographer John Langmore on documenting a culture. After years of observing the fragmentation of East Austin’s Latino and African American communities, Langmore began to chronicle the historic neighborhood and its residents. His aim was to capture the gentrifying neighborhood’s unique nature and to make Texans aware of the people and places negatively affected by the state’s growth. Fault Lines - A Portrait of East Austin features more than a hundred color and black-and-white photographs taken between 2006 and 2010, during which time Langmore was fully aware that the window for capturing the community was rapidly closing. Indeed today many of the neighborhood places, and even the people, have been lost to development and increasing rents and property taxes.
Open Range: America's Big-Outfit Cowboy is the result of more than six years of work photographing on 14 of the country's largest ranches, all running full crews of horseback cowboys. These "big outfits" are in many cases the same ones Langmore cowboyed on in his youth and the same ones his father photographed for his book, The Cowboy, in 1975. They all play host to the nomadic big outfit cowboy intent on living a traditional way of life in a modern world.
After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, John Langmore left Austin in 1989 for a corporate career. He returned to the city with his family in 2003 and began seriously pursuing photography. He is also civically active in Austin on matters related to urban growth.
Artist Talk + Book Signing
January 10, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM