Words & Pictures: Surfaces for Feelings

Words & Pictures is pleased to present an online panel discussion in conjunction with our fall exhibition, Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph. This event will dive into the enduring magic and lure of vernacular photography—the ordinary, everyday snapshots that we make, keep, collect, store, and cherish. Moderated by Mexico and Texas-based artist, … Continued

Words & Pictures: Arden Surdam and Kendra Jayne Patrick

Words & Pictures is pleased to present a virtual discussion between artist, Arden Surdam, and gallerist Kendra Jayne Patrick on the topic of her new monograph, Glut. Glut is Surdam’s first publication with Small Editions featuring exhibited and never-before-seen photographs from 2018-2020. The monograph extends the artist’s visual analysis and research on taste, specifically taste-based hierarchies arising from … Continued

Virtual Opening Reception: Keeper of the Hearth

Words & Pictures is pleased to present a virtual opening reception of our fall exhibition, Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph, which took place on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 pm CST. This program discusses the project and its exhibition with artist and editor Odette England as well as four other project … Continued

Getting an MFA in the time of COVID

Roula Seikaly speaks with Rylee Henson and Jamie Robertson on their journeys, challenges, and triumphs.   The year 2020 will be remembered for two extraordinary events: a global health crisis that laid bare the weaknesses of social, political, and economic institutions worldwide, and a long-overdue reckoning with systemic racism. The rippling effects of this historic … Continued

Class of 2020: BFA Graduates Chloe Brover, Isaac Jonas, and Catie Leonard

In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, plans have been changed, events have been canceled, and students graduating from Bachelor of Fine Arts programs across the country have had to rethink their capstone exhibitions entirely. Houston Center for Photography and spot Magazine is highlighting some of these extraordinary young artists’ achievements. Chloe Brover, Isaac Jonas, … Continued

Iterations of Fingerprints: An interview with Victoria Ridgway

Victoria Ridway’s series, Patrimony, is an exploration of her father’s family photo archive. Throughout this series, she scans, manipulates, recreates, and layers the archival images to reinterpret her family’s history. Utilizing self-portraiture, she reinserts her Aunt Bernice, an aunt by marriage that Ridgway’s grandmother had previously removed from the family story. This reinsertion into their … Continued

The New Shul | Itamar Dotan Katz

  Itamar joined The New Shul (TNS) for the High Holy Days last September. I noticed his big smile below his camera, which acted as his eyes in every sense. When he presented his work on Holy Places with our community, I understood that photography was a deep and spiritual practice for Itamar, one that … Continued

Interview with Archy LaSalle, founder of Where Are All the Black People At

Right now, the United States is experiencing a moment of reckoning about the impact of systemic racism on individual lives and institutions affecting all areas of our society. No economic sector or individual entity is escaping a period of scrutiny and examination. Many are conducting this interrogation following the admonition of the late civil rights … Continued

The Ordinary & Extraordinary | Vikesh Kapoor

In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes opted not to show us his mother’s Winter Garden Photograph, because he knew that it would not resonate with us in the same way it did with him, the child who knew her intimately. Yet, his relationship with the Winter Garden Photograph is one we all understand, and many have … Continued

Dog Days on the Chaparral | Hugo Teixeira

My great-grandmother was a smuggler. She would carry chicken eggs tucked into her stockings across the border from the Alentejo region of southern Portugal to war-torn Andalusia. She would hike through the hills outside of town under the harsh sun of the Iberian chaparral to avoid the border guards. She would stop to rest under … Continued