Once upon a time, it seems about 100 years ago, a young Texan was planning her wedding. During a fitting for her gown she noticed some black and white photographs laying on a table in the dress shop. She was mesmerized by the images. They were unposed and unpretnetious. The close ups were very close up. They felt like Life magazine. They reminded the bride to be of the glorious images taken on September 12, 1953, Jackie and Jack’s wedding day. The curious girl inquired about the photographer and learned he was a university professor and accomplished photographer in the throes of a divorce and might be willing to shoot a wedding. She hired him on the spot.
Fast forward to now, nineteen years later. Geoff Winningham is near and dear to my heart.
Most years, in December, Geoff opens holds a studio Open House and offers a few pieces for sale. During this exact week 8 years ago, we purchased our first piece.
You can find Geoff’s photographs in most major collections in the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the major art museums of Texas. But why just rent when you can own?
The Brandon Gallery Houston cordially invites you:
Opening December 12, 2014
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Exhibition runs through January 9, 2015
Pozos México 1990’s
Gulf Coast 2000’s
“Please join us for an unprecedented look at the far-reaching career of photographer Geoff Winningham. During a career that spans over four decades Winningham photographs the life and landscape of the Southern United States and Gulf of Mexico, offering us insight into this complicated sociopolitical and geographical landscape. Part photo documentarian and part keeper of the South’s secrets, Winningham’s work opens a space from which to examine the precarious relationship southerners have with the natural forces that surround us; be they the oil that built a city’s fortunes or the hurricanes that tear them down.
In this exhibition we are given a glimpse of the Houston of the 70’s, where glistening wrestlers light up the coliseum and demolition derbies carve up the Astrodome. Winningham shows us the excesses of an oil boomtown of the 80’s and the melancholic post-Ike Galveston. He will also be showing a selection of photographs from his most recent book, Of the Soil: Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas, which was published in October of this year by the University of Arkansas Press. These images of vernacular architecture exquisitely render disappearing relics of Southern American culture.” –The Brandon Contemporary.