PDNB GALLERY // FEB17 // 5-8PM
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LOOKING BACK
February 17 - May 5, 2018
Alfred Stieglitz, The Ferry Boat, 1910

HOMETOWN TEXAS
Photographs by Peter Brown
Stories by Joe Holley
February 17 - May 5, 2018

Opening Reception & Book Signing
with Peter Brown and Joe Holley
This Saturday, February 17, 2018
From 5 - 8 PM
When Texas was admitted to the Union, as journalist Joe Holley recounts, Congress authorized it to
form “new States of convenient size, not exceeding four in number and in addition to the said
State of Texas.”

PDNB Gallery artist, Peter Brown, and Joe Holley, a journalist known for his column, Native Texan, in
the Houston Chronicle, recently collaborated on a book released last fall, Hometown Texas.

Texas is perfect subject matter for both photographer and journalist. The book explores the land
and people of this vast state of Texas: East, West, North, South and Central. They illustrate through
stories and pictures, the place that shapes a person that defines them as Texans.

Peter Brown has spent his career photographing the Great Plains that encompass Colorado,
Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Although he was born
in the East, his home state has been Texas for thirty-five years.

Brown’s success with his earlier book collaboration with author Kent Haruf, West of Last Chance,
precipitated the idea to pair with Joe Holley’s writings of small town Texas. The writer and artist
collaboration is not a novel idea, but innately offers unique viewpoints between the two
disciplines

Peter Brown continues to draw from the architecture and landscape that endlessly stretches
across our state. He captures miles of ranch and prairie that long to be more than a passing
impression on a road trip. The images are treasures to behold, even if you are not a Texan. And the
rickety old buildings he discovers are almost cliché, but remarkable because they are so very true
to our landscape.


Peter Brown’s photographs are included in major museum collections, including the Menil
Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty
Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He received the prestigious Lange-Taylor
Prize, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the Imogen Cunningham Award. He received the National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.


Both Peter Brown and journalist, Joe Holley, will be signing copies of their book, Hometown Texas,
at the opening reception, Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 5-8 PM.
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Peter Brown, Grain elevators,
Pastor Lopez, Michoacana Restaurant, Perryton, 2010
PDNB Gallery has selected photographs by artists working pre-1950. This group of photographs
includes street and documentary styles that became a prevalent part of modern photography.
The term “Modern” encompasses many movements in Western art. Regarding Modern
photography, the era of Pictorialism was no longer interesting. Straight photography was the
emphasis after 1910.

Photographs from the turn-of-the century will be featured as well, including examples of
Pictorialism.

Selections illustrating these decades include photographers: Alfred Stieglitz, Frank Meadow
Sutcliffe, Peter Henry Emerson, Ralph Steiner, Karl Struss, George Seeley, Morris Engel, Ruth
Orkin, Harold Feinstein, Arthur Rothstein, Jack Delano, and Andre Kertesz.

Alfred Steiglitz is perhaps one of the most notable artists in the 20th Century, not only because
of his own photography, but he is known for his gallery, 291, and his exquisite Camera Work
publications. He promoted not only photography, but other media, including Georgia
O’Keefe's paintings. Most of the pre-1910 images in this show are by photographers that
Stieglitz exhibited or published.

Both Jack Delano and Arthur Rothstein were employed by the Farm Security Administration
(FSA) during the Great Depression. They documented sharecropper life, the poor farming
conditions, and other facets of American life that illustrated the human condition. This
documentary archive proved very useful at the time, and now.

New York City has been the center of attention for many photographers. Morris Engel, Ruth
Orkin and Harold Feinstein observed many neighborhoods from Harlem to Coney Island,
capturing ‘decisive moments’ of the day-to-day activities. A veritable kaleidoscope
of timeless imagery was created, evoking a multitude of emotions.

This group exhibition will be located in the galleries opposite of the Peter Brown exhibition.