The Texas Hill Country: A Photographic Adventure

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Texas A&M University Press, Sep 13, 2018 - Photography - 256 pages
Like many Texans, Michael H. Marvins has been making regular pilgrimages to the Hill Country for much of his life. Traveling the back roads of the Texas Hill Country, cameras always poised for action, Marvins has captured the excitement of small-town rodeos, savored the mesquite-smoked atmosphere of local eateries, observed the daily lives of people on the land, and admired the scenic beauty of the landscape and its natural denizens. Most important, he has captured his impressions with the skilled eye of a master photographer.

Popular Houston Chronicle columnist Joe Holley opens The Texas Hill Country by highlighting the many qualities that draw Marvins—and so many of the rest of us—to the Hill Country. Next, Roy Flukinger, senior curator of photography at the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center, discusses Marvins’s unique photographic vision and the fresh ways in which he helps us see this popular region.

But the principal focus in The Texas Hill Country: A Photographic Adventure centers on Marvins’s artful images, inviting readers to share his unique perspectives on this enchanting and popular region. He takes us with him on leisurely backcountry drives and into the laughter and swirl of dance halls. His lens embraces the people, the land, and the culture that keep so many Texans—and would-be Texans—coming back to the Hill Country again and again.

The author's proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.


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MICHAEL H. MARVINS is a Houston-based photographer whose work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Amon Carter Museum, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the Grace Museum (Abilene), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the International Photography Hall of Fame, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and other locations. He is also the author of Texas’ Big Bend: A Photographic Adventure from the Pecos to the Rio Grande.

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