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WATCH: Founders Of Houston’s FotoFest Started Exploring Texas Through Its Rural Life

Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss have documented life in the Lone Star State.

Photographers Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss decided to explore Texas in the early 1970s, documenting the life of several communities in the Lone Star State. Then, in the mid-1980s, they founded FotoFest in Houston.

Photographers Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss decided to explore Texas in the early 1970s.

Baldwin and Watriss spent years in the Lone Star State photographing the white and the African-American community, as well as Mexican-American farm workers. Through their photos, Baldwin and Watriss documented the life of those communities.

Eventually, Baldwin and Watriss settled in Houston. In the mid-1980s, they founded FotoFest, a biennial photo exhibition that has become one of the largest in the world.

You can watch Jeffrey Brown’s report for PBS NewsHour here:

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