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Photo Exhibit Tells of Refugees Who Came ‘Out of Darkness’

Posted on · Houston photographer Marti Corn has a new exhibit called Out of Darkness, for which she interviewed and photographed members of Houston's refugee community. She tells Michael Hagerty why she wanted to tell their stories. The photos and stories are on display at Redbud Gallery through June 28. MORE: Photo Exhibit Chronicles Life in Former Freedman's […]

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Photo Exhibit Depicts Lives ‘In the Path of the Pipeline’

Posted on · Last November (Nov. 6, 2015), President Obama rejected plans for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would've created a newer, shorter pipeline route between Canada and southern Nebraska, connecting up with the already-existing Keystone pipeline, and the Cushing and Gulf Coast extensions which feed into Greater Houston. Before the project was nixed, local photographer Eric Kayne […]

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Houston Chronicle Photographers Recall Covering the Chaos After Katrina

Posted on · Ten years ago this weekend, Katrina made landfall. The category three hurricane and its ensuing flooding devastated New Orleans and other communities along the Gulf Coast. More than a thousand people died. Tens of thousands more were displaced. A slow response from emergency managers and public officials made matters worse. As awful as it was […]

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Houston Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds From World War I

Posted on · When we think of the brutal warfare of World War I, we tend to think of the 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians dead, of infantrymen waging war with guns and grenades, hiding in muddy trenches above ground, of chemical weapons being used for the first time in warfare. But there were also cavernous […]

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Liquor Laws and Parking: Tuesday’s show (March 3, 2015)

Posted on · Walmart is suing Texas for the right to sell hard liquor. Soon after the lawsuit was filed in federal court, a coalition of businesses formed to push laws to allow publicly traded corporations to own and operate liquor stores. A couple of state legislators have also filed bills that would repeal parts of the alcohol […]

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Photographer Hopes Portraits Will Return Some Dignity to Abu Ghraib Abuse Victims

Posted on · During the Iraq War, you probably remember seeing photos of detainees being abused at the Abu Ghraib prison. Some of the more infamous photos showed detainees wearing hoods or lying naked at the end of a leash. Photographer Chris Bartlett saw them too and wanted to find a way to use his skills to voice […]

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Ghost Guns, and Performance-Based College Funding: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Posted on · As the new session of the Texas Legislature got underway Tuesday, gun rights advocates held a rally at the state capitol with a machine capable of building firearms with 3D-printing technology. These so-called “ghost guns” have no serial numbers. The event was part of a push to get rid of the state's handgun licensing requirements […]

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Using Drones to Photograph Houston Intersections

Posted on · Drones have been used most notably for military purposes, but thanks to a few creative minds, drones are being used in a host of other ways. Amazon.com has a forthcoming drone delivery system and sports stadiums are using them to find that perfect replay shot. Here in Houston, photographer Peter Molick is using a drone […]

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Writer and Photographer Chronicle the People and Places Along the Sabine River by Boating Its Length

Posted on · Writer and reporter Wes Ferguson decided to better get to know a landmark he’d grown up around — East Texas’ Sabine River. To do so, he took along his friend and photographer, Jacob Croft Botter, and boated the length of the Sabine all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Their book, which chronicles the […]

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Photo Exhibit Chronicles Life in Former Freedman’s Town

Posted on · FotoFest – Houston's six-week-long, international biennial photography festival – is underway now through April 27, with photography exhibits and events around the city. This year's FotoFest focuses on contemporary Arab video, photography and mixed media art. But there are exhibits focused on numerous other themes, including one that documents life in a little-known area near […]

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Photographing JFK’s Funeral: Houston Man Shares Memories

Posted on · Fifty years ago,  former New York-based LIFE magazine photographer — and long time Houstonian – Bob Gomel covered the funeral of John F. Kennedy. He shares his memories of covering that historic day and of times he spent with JFK when he was alive — including the time he fell asleep on the then […]