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Photo Series Tells the Stories of Women and Their Guns

Posted on · Houston-based fine art and documentary photographer Shelley Calton has spent the last few years taking pictures of women with their guns. Concealed is a photo series featuring about 80 Texas women and the handguns they use for personal protection. Every picture in the series tells a different woman’s story, from the business woman leaning on […]

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Filmmaker Discusses Role of Photography As Tool For Social Change

Posted on · The Houston Cinema Arts Festival kicks off today. It’ll feature over 50 narrative and documentary films about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. One of those films is Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Writer and director Thomas Allen Harris says it’s the first documentary to explore […]

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Katy, Western Governors University, and Black Photographers: Houston Matters for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Posted on · From time to time, Houston Matters seeks to learn more about the communities that make up and surround the Greater Houston area. On this edition of the program, we learn about the city of Katy, 30 miles west of downtown Houston. The city is named for the "Katy" Railroad – which was, in turn, a […]

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Veterans Retreats and Street Harassment: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Posted on · The 2007 best-selling book (and 2013 film adaptation) Lone Survivor tells the story of Navy SEAL and Houston native Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a gun battle during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was badly wounded, and wasn’t rescued until several days after the battle. It’s a harrowing story, but as is […]

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Journalism Roundtable, Venture Capitalists, and the Face of Texas: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014

Posted on · From the response to cases of Ebola here in Texas and now in New York City, to the shooting and aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri, to the battle over Houston’s equal rights ordinance, and concerns about undocumented children crossing the border, the news media has had a lot of important stories to examine in recent months. […]

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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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Houston Photographer Revels in Taking Tintype Photographs

Posted on · We’re all used to filters on our smart phone cameras or on Instagram that attempt to make a photo look “retro.” The process is as easy as a couple of taps on a screen. But one Houston photographer is doing it the hard way – the way they did it in the 1800s. For the […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance, Texas Influence in Washington, and Tintype Photography: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 8, 2014

Posted on · The Houston City Council Wednesday delayed for a week a vote on the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance, while members review various amendments to the proposed measure. If approved, the ordinance would ban discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. It would apply to private businesses, […]

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Water Conservancy and Iconic 20th Century Photos: Houston Matters for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Posted on · The tenth annual Texas Water Day kicked off yesterday in Washington DC. It’s an effort by the Texas Water Conservation Association to lobby lawmakers and other officials about their priorities, including Texas water infrastructure development and certifying levees. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss issues associated with water in Houston and across the state of […]